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Road To Gold: Olympic Excitement Builds For Our Fijiana In Sao Paulo

Rugby sevens looks set to excite and inspire on the sport’s greatest stage at Rio Olympics 2016 in August. Our Telecom Fijiana team has a good opportunity to showcase the
21 Feb 2016 12:50
Road To Gold: Olympic Excitement Builds For Our Fijiana  In Sao Paulo

Rugby sevens looks set to excite and inspire on the sport’s greatest stage at Rio Olympics 2016 in August.

Our Telecom Fijiana team has a good opportunity to showcase the fastest growing and friendly sport to new audiences across Brazil ahead of the Games in the second round of the Women Sevens Series at the Arena Barueri in Sao Paulo this weekend.

We have what it takes to knock out top countries in the series with the limited resources, preparation and a smaller player-base.

This was evident during round one of the Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai in December where the Iliesa Tanivula-coached side beat USA, Canada  and Ireland to top the pool only to lose to France in the Cup quarterfinal.

Reigning series champions New Zealand arrived in Sao Paulo on Monday, fresh from two rigorous training camps in Florida and Rio, which formed part of their Olympic Games preparation.

Australia, who top the series standings, arrive as the form team having won a friendly tournament against Ireland in front of a capacity crowd at the  Allianz Stadium during the Sydney Sevens early this month.

We definitely don’t have the resources to prepare our team professionally like New Zealand and Australia.

Like our Vodafone Fijian 7s team, we beat the best through training at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour.

Our women have the perfect opportunity to test what’s to come in August in Rio at the Arena Barueri in Sao Paulo today.

With the countdown to the Games continuing, Brazilian rugby continues to experience record growth with more than 11,000 registered players and 105,000 children engaging in the game through World Rugby’s ‘Get Into Rugby’ programme in the past 12 months.

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Along with the world’s best seven players, we are excited about the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It is rugby’s opportunity to reach and inspire new audiences and we believe that rugby sevens’ exciting brand of skills, speed and breath-taking, fan-friendly action will be a hit with the people of Rio, Brazil and beyond.”

Our women face Ireland and Canada again and Australia for the first time in the Women Sevens Series today. There are three tournaments left; in Atlanta, Langford, Clermont Ferrand before the Rio Games.

But this weekend is a good opportunity for our women to gauge where they stand going forward.

Go, Fijiana, Go.

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