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Tough Start For Cracknell’s Girls

Team Fiji women’s rugby sevens team are in for a tough Olympic Games opener against gold medal favourites Australia on August 6. According to The Guardian, the Australians are the
28 Jul 2016 13:27
Tough Start For Cracknell’s Girls
Team Fiji women’s rugby sevens forward Rusila Nagasau goes for the ball as Ana Maria Roqica and Litia Naiqato close in during training in Santiago, Chile. Photo: Fiji Women’s Rugby

Team Fiji women’s rugby sevens team are in for a tough Olympic Games opener against gold medal favourites Australia on August 6.

According to The Guardian, the Australians are the first ever women side to train professionally, by camping full-time and have changed the way women’s sevens rugby is played.

Training under trainer Craig Twentyman, the 12-member squad have been in explosive form.

“The style of play is something we’ve created,” said Australian women sevens co-captain Sharni Williams.

“It’s more of an intelligent game. There’s a full-size field, the same as 15s, so it just makes sense. If you’ve got three players in front of you there’s got to be space wider out. So move it there and go. You want people who can pass left and right, who can switch, who can up their pace.”

Williams credits Twentyman, coach Tim Walsh and assistant coach Scott Bowen for coming up with plenty of ideas but it is the women who own it.

“Playing up-tempo means we can get to the breakdown quicker, retain the ball quicker, have the ball in hand quicker,” says Williams. “It’s how we like to play.”

Meanwhile, the Chris Cracknell coached-side continued on their training session Santiago, Chile. The arrival of the Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens side is surely going to boost the women as they go through their final phase of preparation before heading to Rio.

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