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Daurewa Joins Fijiana List

Women’s Rugby coaching director Chris Cracknell has singled out Striders rover Raijeli Daurewa. Daurewa helped her side win the Plate final of the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa
17 Jan 2016 16:09
Daurewa Joins Fijiana List
Striders wins the Plate final at the Coral Coast 7's at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Women’s Rugby coaching director Chris Cracknell has singled out Striders rover Raijeli Daurewa.

Daurewa helped her side win the Plate final of the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa yesterday and has been included in the Fijiana extended squad.

The Suva-based Fiji Corrections officer from Viwa, Yasawa captained the national U21 Netball side to the World Youth Championships in Scotland in 2013.

The former Fiji Pearl defender last played for Fiji at the Pacific Games last year.

Cracknell said Daurewa’s inclusion was a major boost to the squad as they prepare for Rio.

“We’re always looking for ways to strengthen depth and that’s a beautiful thing that Jay Whyte and the organisers putting on this tournament,”Cracknell said.

“We get to see the opportunity to see local talent as well and Raijeli just put up her hand. She put up her hand a little bit more than most of the girls so we’re going to bring her into camp. We need to see how she does in our environment and how she wants to represent Fiji.

“No one is going to get dropped only one inclusion, so we now have 25 moving forward.”

Cracknell also paid tribute to tournament organiser Whyte for his support towards women’s rugby.

“It has been brilliant tournament especially for the girls and a fantastic men’s tournament over the three or four days as well. I hope that it may continue and hopefully looking forward in coming back next year.

“From our point of view the girls were fantastic this weekend to get into two semifinals to beat Australia and beat the USA Serevi Select team.

“I’m really proud of the girls; it’s good to see Asinate Savu back as well from an injury that put her out of Dubai and I’m looking at getting the girls back into camp for the build-up for Rio.”

The former England 7s captain has been pleased with the way his squad have bonded, both on and off the pitch and picked

Lavenia Tinai as the most standout player after a hectic three days.

“All our youngsters, the girls were fantastic-their attitude was spot on. Now they understand why I want them to be so fit-you saw that in that final. You saw Lavenia Tinai running the length of the field and she played every minute of every game in two or three different positions.

“She was the standout player for this weekend. She was fantastic at restart. The Under-18 stepped up and I am proud of all of them all. They keep me on my toes. I am a very blessed man to be able to coach this team.

“We got a couple of days rest then next week they will be back at work. We have got couple of tournaments in World Women

Series and will play in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s before the Rio Olympics. This Fijiana team is not just a one-off. It’s about us getting better and better and really being one of those top teams in the World Series.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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