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Super Rugby For Our Women Possible, Raiwalui agrees

There is a possibility that a Fijian Drua women’s team could soon be part of the Women’s Super Rugby, competition, says a senior rugby official. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fiji
17 Sep 2021 11:30
Super Rugby For Our Women Possible, Raiwalui agrees

There is a possibility that a Fijian Drua women’s team could soon be part of the Women’s Super Rugby, competition, says a senior rugby official.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fiji Rugby Union High Performance Unit (HPU) General Manager, Simon Raiwalui, said this is an opportunity for female players from the 21 affiliated Unions around the country to play against the best players in the Southern Hemisphere.

The competition consists of, New Zealand conference: Chiefs, Highlanders, Crusaders, and Hurricanes and the Australian conference teams like the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs, Queensland and Western Force.

“We launched a women’s (HPU) centre in 2020 and that has really helped our ladies,” Raiwalui said.

 

“The academy is an initiative put in place to develop the game and the ladies for such competition for our local women. Our current Olympic bronze medal success is a stepping stone into achieving great things in women’s rugby.”

“It is important to build on our Olympic success and venture into new competition and environment.”

Fiji Rugby Elite Player Pathway manager Bill Gadolo said the opportunity is vital for women’s rugby.

“To play in the SW will really boost women’s rugby locally,” the former Flying Fijians hooker said.

“Just like the men’s it is the right time to play against the best in the world.”

 

 

“Imagine the knowledge of the game and understanding that our ladies can get from rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the region.”

“It will also set the platform for our Fijiana 15s team for the Rugby World Cup.”

“We inducted 30 female players in 2020 into a new programme and it is growing, as Fiji Rugby Union introduced its new Women’s High- Performance Academy.”

Gadolo said these 30 inductees are players from our national teams, the Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs, Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s and the Under-18s including few other local club players.

“These players were monitored under a high-performance academy programme. To get more players in the (HPU) environment is massive because we want to condition these players to meet the intensity of the competition.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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