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Unity Conquers All: Leweniqila

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is where we will put all our team bonding exercises to the test, says Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain Sereima Leweniqila.
04 Oct 2022 13:37
Unity Conquers All: Leweniqila
Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain Sereima Leweniqila (back row, fourth from left) with captains of participating teams at the Women’s Rugby World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland, on October 2, 2022. Photo: FRU

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is where we will put all our team bonding exercises to the test, says Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain Sereima Leweniqila.

She was speaking during the opening of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zea­land, yesterday.

During an interview Leweniqila said her team needs to work together if they want to win their first pool game against world’s number one Eng­land at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday.

“We need to work as a team,” she said.

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs prop Siteri Rasolea (left) and forwards coach Greg Smith during the opening ceremony of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Auckland on October 3, 2022. Photo: FRU

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs prop Siteri Rasolea (left) and forwards coach Greg Smith during the opening ceremony of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Auckland on October 3, 2022. Photo: FRU

“Team work is very important when it comes to a big tournament like this.

“The focus right now is unity, we need work to­gether as one team.

“Once the girls find that bonding and together­ness, anything can happen on the day.”

Leweniqila said it has been tough for them for the past few weeks and they had to cope with the heavy workload, which is part of their preparations.

“We had another game with Canada last Saturday.

“There are some areas that we need to work on and improve before we face England this Satur­day,” she added.

During the captain’s photo session at Eden Park, Leweniqila told World Rugby: “It has been a tre­mendous journey.

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs centre Rusila Nagasau during the opening ceremony of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand on October 3, 2022. Photo: FRU

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs centre Rusila Nagasau during the opening ceremony of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand on October 3, 2022. Photo: FRU

“We are both grateful and excited ahead of our first Rugby World Cup match ever. Since before we left for New Zealand, we have received great and ongoing support, something very new for us.

“When we arrived in the country, we have met the local Fijian community and we hope they will show up in numbers.”

Story By: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj 



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