Ex­pect changes in Fi­jiana squad

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The Tele­com Fi­jiana team may change for the last leg of the Wom­ens Sev­ens Se­ries in Cler­mont-Fer­rand, France from May 29-30. Fi­jiana coach Iliesa Tanivula said some play­ers have been down with in­juries but their main aim from the be­gin­ning was to give all play­ers equal op­por­tu­nity to play. “The plan from the be­gin­ning is to try to give ev­ery­one a run and a chance to prove them­selves and also to widen the ex­pe­ri­ence amongst the squad and it’s been good,” the for­mer Auck­land Blues winger said.

“A lot of the girls have con­trib­uted im­mensely to the pro­gramme es­pe­cially the young ones. We have had a few in­juries which are out of our con­trol but it also gives the chance to some­one else to prove them­selves. So the squad may vary for the next leg.” The one thing Tanivula has been im­pressed with is the ea­ger­ness of the play­ers to play in the fi­nal leg as the main fo­cus is the Olympic Games in Au­gust. “In ev­ery tour­na­ment we try and im­prove from the pre­vi­ous one. The big thing is that these girls are re­ally ea­ger to come back and are hun­gry for more,” he said. “They have re­ally mo­ti­vated them­selves and that is a good sign, we don’t have to push them, they are the ones do­ing the push­ing and it shows how much Rio means to them. “The last two weeks has been in­tense and it has been a long sea­son; the feedback from the girls has been amaz­ing.

“Our aim going into this last leg of the se­ries is to keep im­prov­ing as a team and also in­di­vid­u­ally be­cause there is are lot of things we have learnt.”

Fi­jiana are pooled with Aus­tralia, France and Ire­land. The team will de­part for France on May 22 .

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