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Tests For Fiji Bulikula

Women rugby league test matches are in the pipe­line for Fiji Bulikula and Pacific neighboring countries ahead of the Asia Pacific Rugby League World Cup 2025 qualifying process says Fiji National Rugby League chief executive officer Don Natabe.
03 Aug 2022 12:31
Tests For Fiji Bulikula
Fiji Bulikula

Women rugby league test matches are in the pipe­line for Fiji Bulikula and Pacific neighboring countries ahead of the Asia Pacific Rugby League World Cup 2025 qualifying process says Fiji National Rugby League chief executive officer Don Natabe.

This follows confirmation that Fiji Bulikula, Samoa and Tonga will play in a round robin series in the 2024 Asia Pacific qualifying tournament for the two berths in the 2025 World Cup in France.

“This is the reward of hard work which started three years ago by a team of dedicated people and we are so grateful for their sacrifices and hard work for our women to be finally given the chance to play for one of the two berths (Asia Pa­cific),” Natabe said yesterday.

“I want to mention the late Jac­quie Williams, she was one who had tirelessly worked to get Fiji Bu­likula onto the international scene.

“Now that we have been given the opportunity, we hope to have test matches women with our Pacific neighbor’s apart from Tonga, Sa­moa at home.”

Fiji Bulikula fell short of the re­quirements to be part of the 2019 women’s WC.

“We missed out in 2019 because we didn’t meet the criteria like the number of teams in the local com­petition etcetera,” he said.

“Now with the school girls and women competitions, we are on our way.”

Women teams for this year’s World Cup are, Pool A: England, Brazil, Canada, Papua New Guin­ea; Pool B: Australia, Cook Islands, France and New Zealand.

The eight women’s teams play­ing in the World Cup in England automatically qualify for France 2025, along with the men’s quarter-finalists.

The remaining eight places will be decided by qualifying tourna­ments, with each region – Asia-Pa­cific, Europe, Americas and Middle East Africa – allocated a number of berths for the 2025 World Cup.

There are six spots for Pacific women’s teams and with Australia, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea taking part in this year’s World Cup; Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will play off for the re­maining two places.

Meanwhile on the local front the launching of the women’s premier­ship featuring 13 sides will be held in Suva next week.

The round robin series is the plat­form for the formation of four East and four West teams that will play for four weeks with the grand final in October.

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