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Fijiana lead Pacific hopes

Oceania Rugby Consultant Kylie Bates believes the Telecom Fijiana side is leading the way in the Pacific region. “Fiji is leading the way with Fijiana and will be the first
11 Feb 2016 14:48
Fijiana lead Pacific hopes
Telecom Fijiana’s Brittany Coates (with ball), during training at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Oceania Rugby Consultant Kylie Bates believes the Telecom Fijiana side is leading the way in the Pacific region.

“Fiji is leading the way with Fijiana and will be the first country to represent the Pacific islands in the Olympics Games, a huge feat and the entire Pacific  is getting the behind them,” she said.

“Through all the Pacific Islands I think they are really motivated.

“The next step is the excitement to increase participation. When we increase participation we intend to grow the game,” Bates said.

Bates believes there is a need to get people to understand the game of rugby.

“We think rugby is a sport for generation and what we want to see is family participation in rugby and want people to know that there are different types of rugby, there is 7s and fifteens.

“One of the biggest priorities for Oceania rugby is evolution of the women’s game.

“Find the barriers and motivate.

“One way to do that is through partnership with organisation like UN Women.”

Bates is part of the Oceania Rugby Superweek which finishes off at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi today.

The Superweek consisted of delegates from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga and PNG, where issues like Development, High Performance, Leading Rugby and Sports Science Sports Medicine are being discussed.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva.

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