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Sauto Battles Way Back

  Jiowana Sauto aims to make a comeback into the Telecom Fijiana team after she was injured during the Oceania 7s tournament last month. The 18-year-old who just started playing
30 Dec 2016 11:00
Sauto Battles Way Back
Jiowana Sauto during the Telecom Fijiana 7s squad gym session in Suva yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Jiowana Sauto aims to make a comeback into the Telecom Fijiana team after she was injured during the Oceania 7s tournament last month.

The 18-year-old who just started playing rugby last year is finding it difficult to get back into form but is not giving up as she wants to be fit in time for the Sydney 7s in February.

“After I suffered from a concussion during the Oceania 7s, I had a one month break. But I’ve been training for three weeks now and it has been really hard,” Sauto said.

“Starting again has been difficult for me getting into the shape and form that I used to be in.

“I can really feel the difference after being away for so long. So I am doing my best to really work hard and get fit before the Sydney 7s.

“I am lucky to have my coach pushing me to get back to the level that I was at and whenever I feel like I am losing hope, the girls will always push me to move forward, so I am glad that I have a good support system.

“They know I can break the barrier in front of me and I can do much better so I am trying my best.”

She said working hard to be included in the sevens team means a lot to her and she and the girls have sacrificed a lot to secure a place on the team.

“Playing at the Sydney 7s is really important because we have worked and trained so hard,” she said.

“We have sacrificed to train during the festive season and not be with our families and given in so much time and that means something to me. We are doing this to represent our country.

“I know not many people follow the Fijiana team but we had a good outing in the first leg of the Women’s Sevens Series and we want to continue and improve from where we left off.”

Sauto said 2016 has been an amazing year for her and plans to try even harder next year and become a better rugby player.

“I used to always love watching sports and now that I am playing it feels different but I am blessed to be working with these group of girls who have taught me a lot and I hope I play rugby until the day I cannot play anymore,” Sauto said.

“It has been a wonderful year for me, my main this year was to make it into the Rio Olympic squad and I achieved that so I am quite happy.

“I’ve never been out of the country so playing rugby has helped me see the world in a different light and my new year’s resolution is to try to be the best in everything I do and in all aspects of life.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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