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Basics First For Fijiana: Bai

  The Fijiana women 15s squad concentrates on getting the basics right before the inaugural Oceania Rugby Championship on November 5. Former Flying Fijians first-five eighth Seremaia Bai said the
27 Oct 2016 14:21
Basics First For Fijiana: Bai
The Fijiana womens 15s squad trains at the University of the South Pacific grounds. Photo: Vilimioni Vaganalau

 

The Fijiana women 15s squad concentrates on getting the basics right before the inaugural Oceania Rugby Championship on November 5.

Former Flying Fijians first-five eighth Seremaia Bai said the women are still grasping and understanding the game as they work on their lineouts and scrums this week.

“Training has been going well, the ladies are doing well,” Bai said.

“We are still learning and working hard so everything has been going well.

“We have been trying to build  the girls understanding and their roles in the game.

“The build-up of their core skills as well as their basic skills like catching and passing in terms of their vision and technique is very important.

“With the little time we have been together, we have covered a lot and we are learning and growing as well.

“This week we are focusing our set pieces attack and team defence. Those are the key areas we want to get right from both the lineout and scrums.

“We still have the full squad that joined us in the beginning even though we named a 26-member squad last week because we are not only focusing on next week but we are focusing long term going into the World Cup.

“We need a wider range of players, so we need to keep them together and develop them for the long term.”

Bai is looking forward to see the girls take the field next week.

“Some people say rugby builds character but rugby actually reveals character.

“For us, it is about creating a healthy environment where they not only grow as players but they grow as a person as well.

Bai and is encouraging the public to show up in numbers next week to support the team.

“While we are spending time building this team, we are also trying to promote women’s rugby,” Bai said.

“I know it is tough within our culture, some of the girls have been pushed aside but at the end of the day, these ladies will become our future leaders so I know what rugby means to them.

“We want to encourage girls that rugby is a good sport and it is an option for anyone who cannot find anything else to do.”

Fiji will take on Papua New Guinea on November 5 at the ANZ Stadium.

Edited by Osea Bola

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