Rugby

Fuli’s Fijiana Prep In Oz

“We have a pitch and makeshift gym in which we are coping with at the moment. No complaint but to stay positive and get in with the job of preparation in the next two weeks.”
09 Jun 2021 16:52
Fuli’s Fijiana Prep In Oz
Fijiana 7s players with their blackboard session with head coach Saiasi Fuli in Brisbane, Australia, on June 8, 2021. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the Fijiana 7s team are dedicating all their games at the PacificAus Oceania 7s tournament to all frontliners in the country. Photo: FRU Media

Our Fijiana 7s team has settled in well in Australia as they prepare for the PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens in June 25- 27.

It has been a tough preparation with COVID-19 pandemic affecting our lives.

But our women have risen above the challenge to continue working towards their Olympic dream.

Head coach, Saiasi Fuli, said they were grateful and remained positive.

“We are here at Sunshine Coast beside the beach side in a very nice Recreation Center,” he said.

“We are doing our quarantine as well as our training.

“The weather is a bit cooler at night and in the early morning but it is what it is. We have to be very content and appreciate the background work of Oceania Rugby, Queensland Govt and Fiji Rugby for enabling us to come across and stay here.

“We have a pitch and makeshift gym in which we are coping with at the moment. No complaint but to stay positive and get in with the job of preparation in the next two weeks.”

The pandemic has had a great impact on athlete’s mental health especially being limited to strict training guidelines and closure of gyms.

However, various support systems always get them through.

“Mentally and psychologically we have come through some tough weeks and months in Fiji by staying in a strict bubble. Not seeing our families and loved ones and to align ourselves with the common goal that is to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics,” Fuli said.

“Our deep thoughts are still with our beloved country Fiji facing a difficult time and we had to fly across to do two assignments, which is the Oceania 7s and the Olympic Games.

“We continue to pray for our nation and we as a unit will continue to work hard to make our people happy in the rugby field. That is our obligation to always make our people happy in tough times like this.

“Oceania 7s is a great platform for us to unveil some of the stuff that we have been doing in the past weeks and gauge our strengths against the top two teams in the world when it comes to women’s rugby.

“We are ready to play in two weeks’ time,” he added.

The Oceania 7s will feature Australia and New Zealand teams on June 25-27.

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