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Fijiana Leave Minus Coach

The Rusila Nagasau captained- TFL Fijiana 7s team flew out of Nadi International Airport yesterday without coach Iliesa Tanivula Tanivula had arrived late at the airport but however arrangements have
02 Oct 2014 14:25
Fijiana Leave Minus Coach

The Rusila Nagasau captained- TFL Fijiana 7s team flew out of Nadi International Airport yesterday without coach Iliesa Tanivula

Tanivula had arrived late at the airport but however arrangements have been done for him to join the team tomorrow just before the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championship kicks-off in Noosa, Brisbane.

The wily coach said they are looking forward to creating upsets in the Noosa International 7s Festival, which is one of Australia’s premier rugby sevens events.

Fijiana are ranked ninth in the series and will play New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and Tonga in a round robin format.

“I guess it’s another level of sevens rugby and it is a good opportunity for the girls,” said Tanivula.

He added the tournament would act as a launch pad for the 7s series and continues with the prominence of IRB World Sevens Series and 2016 Olympic Games participation.

The former Auckland Blues winger is mindful of facing the two top ranked teams in the world- New Zealand and Australia who have won all five IRB Women’s World Sevens titles last season.

“We have made a couple of changes to the team in terms of structure and we are looking forward to see them off. It’s a big step up. We are playing with big teams which played them in China and they have set the benchmark for the team to achieve.

“I guess we have to work hard, keep our head down and be smart in our approach towards other teams. There has been improvement in three other remaining more tournaments and hope they are ready for Dubai.”

Tanivula said other tournaments they are looking forward to playing in are the Central Coast 7s International Rugby Festival and the Bayleys Coral Coast 7s in Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

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