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Telecom Fijiana captain confident of good outcome in Las Vegas   The Telecom Fijiana captain Ana Maria Roqica is hoping they will perform to expectation and win the USA 7s
27 Feb 2017 11:00
BRING IT
PRIDE OF VATIVA... Telecom Fijiana reps Rusila Nagasau (left), and Ana Maria Roqica at Rugby House in Suva before departing for Nadi yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Telecom Fijiana captain confident of good outcome in Las Vegas

 

The Telecom Fijiana captain Ana Maria Roqica is hoping they will perform to expectation and win the USA 7s in Las Vegas this weekend.

“We’re in the same pool as USA, England and Spain,” Roqica said.

“We lost to England at the Sydney 7s and we look forward to meeting up with them again in Las Vegas.

“It’s a tough pool and I believe we can win our games.

“The team bonding is stronger during camp in the past two weeks and we need to justify our selection. We are the best from the rest of the squad and we need to prove our worth.

“I missed the World Cup in 2013 and my aim is to make it to the WC in San Francisco next year.

“We need to be fourth in the ranking in the Women Sevens Series to gain automatic qualification to the WC.

The onus is on us to do the job.”

The Vativa, Wailevu Cakaudrove native is humbled to captain the team and looking forward for a good outcome in Vegas.

 

Nagasau 10-year journey

The Telecom Fijian team aims for a better result at the USA 7s in Las Vegas.

The Iliesa Tanivula-coached team finished fifth in the Dubai and Sydney tournaments.

Rusila Nagasau, who made her debut for the Fijiana in the 2007 Pacific Cup in Papua New Guinea, is adamant of a good showing.

“I’ve seen a lot of improvement especially our fitness,”she said.

“We have a making of a good team. We just have to perfect what we have been doing in training. We need to improve our standings and we can’t wait to play in Vegas.”

The Vativa, Wailevu, Cakaudrove native is grateful to be part of the national team in the past 10 years.

And she can’t wait to make her debut at the Sam Boyd Stadium where the Women Sevens Series will be played for the first time.

“It has been a wonderful journey for me. I played in the Women Sevens World Cup in 2013 in Moscow and played in my first ever Olympics in Brazil last year.

“I am thankful that I am still playing this beautiful sport,” she said.

Nagasau said all the players needed to give their 100 per cent effort to win for king and country.

“If we want to win we need to believe in ourselves and our teammates and treat all the games as the final.”

The team departed Las Vegas via Los Angeles this morning.

Edited by Osea Bola

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