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It was a special bonding for New Zealand-based players in the Telecom Fijiana side yesterday as they prepare for the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Brazil next month. Siteri
06 Jan 2015 10:30
Getting Stronger
Siteri Tabua (left), and Reijeli Uluinnayau trains with the TFL Fijiana squad at the HPU gym in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

It was a special bonding for New Zealand-based players in the Telecom Fijiana side yesterday as they prepare for the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Brazil next month.

Siteri Tabua became the second player to join the squad along with Rejieli Uluinayau for the second women’s series 7s tournament.

There was no time to rest for Tabua who jetted into the country yesterday morning from New Zealand and went straight to join the Fijiana training session in Suva.

“I’m ready to play for Fiji and will do my best to ensure Fiji do well in the series and qualify for the 2016 Olympics,” Tabua said.

The 21-year-old Avalon Club player from New Zealand is in top form and is ready to wear the Fijiana jersey again.

She made her debut at the 2013 Dubai leg of the series.

“I’m ready to fight for my spot in this team for Brazil and will do my best to help Fiji qualifies for the Olympics as well,” Tabua said.

And Uluinayau has also vowed to do her level best.

The 22-year-old, who could have been selected to play for New Zealand, has chosen Fiji instead.

“Following the Coral Coast 7s last year, I was supposed to go back to Wellington and go on a selection trial for New Zealand. It’s a dream come true as I was selected into the Fijiana squad following the Coral Coast 7s in Sigatoka so I stayed back and looking forward to play for Fiji.

The Lau native who is the cousin of former Fiji fullback, Alfred Uluinayau has vowed to make Fijiana proud in the sevens series.

““My family has been very supportive.”

She was been motivated by former New Zealand Black Ferns rep Tasame Uluinayau who is Alfred Uluinayau’s wife.

Meanwhile, Telecom Fijiana coach Iliesa Tanivula is proud of the players’ caliber.

“We are getting stronger with more players joining the squad for training,” Tanivula said.

“The inclusion of New Zealand-based players along with the number of players in the squad gives me a lot of option to select the best team.

“I’m awaiting the arrival of another New Zealand-based player Brittany Coates before I select the final team to Brazil.”

The hardworking Fijiana coach is optimistic that the team will be able to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“We are currently on sixth position in the standings and with five tournaments to go we can make it to the Olympics as well as this side has what it takes to qualify.”

The Brazil 7s is on February 7-8. Fiji is pooled with Australia, China and hosts Brazil.

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