SPORTS

Nagasau Leads Fijiana XV

Olympian and powerhouse forward Rusila Nagasau is going to lead the Fiji Air­ways Fijiana XV side in the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Cham­pionship opener against Tonga at Churchill Park, Lautoka
16 Nov 2018 11:00
Nagasau Leads Fijiana XV
Tonga XV Womens rugby captain Vainga Moimoi with Fiji Airways Fijiana captain Rusila Nagasau at the Boatshed in Vuda Marina yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Olympian and powerhouse forward Rusila Nagasau is going to lead the Fiji Air­ways Fijiana XV side in the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Cham­pionship opener against Tonga at Churchill Park, Lautoka today.

The Inoke Male coached-side take on Tonga at 3.30pm.

Nagasau played an instrumental role for the Fijiana 7s side when they qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She scored four tries in the 2015 Oceania Women’s Sevens Champi­onship final against Samoa.

Nagasau was named in the sevens squad for the 2016 Summer Olym­pics alongside cousin and captain, Ana Maria Roqica.

Nagasau said the competition is an important one since they are the defending champions.

“The outcome of tomorrow’s match will determine the rest of the competition.

“We are the defending champions we don’t want them to come and win on our home ground. For us it is important that this does not hap­pen as we promote women’s rugby in Fiji,” she said.

“We want to be a role model to eve­rybody here and we are going to try our best to win our game tomorrow.

“We will try to give our best to win the first game. For us it is all about team work even though they are big. We are just going to do what­ever we are told and how we have trained.”

She said it is a good challenge for them but they are confident of a grand show.

“We urge everyone to come and support us. That will be a big boost for us.”

MOIMOI CONFIDENT

Meanwhile, Tongan captain Vain­ga Moimoi believes playing on Fiji’s home ground will be really tough.

“We know that Fiji will come out strong and we know they are strong runners and tacklers. Despite all that I know our girls will do their job and I believe in them to do an excellent job,” she said.

“I am privileged to play and wom­en’s rugby hasn’t developed in Ton­ga but it’s growing slowly.

The match kicksoff at 3.30pm

TICKETS

Meanwhile, tickets are selling for $5 from the Fiji Rugby Union House in Suva and also at the Lautoka City Council Office.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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