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We’re Getting There, Says Women’s Coach

  The Fiji Touch Rugby teams will use their 2019 World Cup preparations in April as a build-up for the Samoa Pacific Games which will be on July 6-20. Speaking
23 Jan 2019 10:02
We’re Getting There, Says Women’s Coach
Members of the touch rugby national women’s training squad in Lautoka during their trials for the World Cup in April and the Pacific Games in July. Photo: Touch Rugby .

 

The Fiji Touch Rugby teams will use their 2019 World Cup preparations in April as a build-up for the Samoa Pacific Games which will be on July 6-20.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday national women’s coach Tomasi Tiko said their preparations are coming well for them as they aim to win the gold medal at the Pacific Games.

“We started with our preparations mid-last year as we were not only competing for the Pacific Games but also for the World Cup scheduled for late April in Malaysia,” Tiko said.

“We also conducted a fitness test for the side two weeks ago to select our training squad and the numbers has been reduced. So we’re looking forward to a great few months ahead after undergoing intensive training.

“Our expectation for the Pacific Games is high as we’re hopeful to win three gold medals. That is in the women, men and mixed events.

“Since the World Cup is the first competition we are priotising that and at the same time using it as a platform to build-up for the Pacific Games.

“However, we’re a bit behind in terms of our preparations for the World Cup but we’re trying to fast track and catch up on it.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t go to the Pacific Mini Games last year where we were hopeful to win gold but this time in the Pacific Games we won’t miss the opportunity.”

Tiko also highlighted that getting funds to cater for their levies is their greatest challenge.

“It’s unfortunate for some of these players to take money out of their own pockets especially for the Pacific Games.

“We’re hopeful to receive some assistance and solve that issue before the actual dates of the Games approach.

“We’re looking forward to a great outing and a positive outcome as well. We have around 16 to 18 squad members preparing for the world cup and 22 members for the Pacific Games.

“We’re expecting to name our final team for the world cup by early March and then followed by our elite squad for the Pacific Games in April.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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