Tele­com Fi­jiana Eye Top Eight

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The Iliesa Tanivula-coached Tele­com Fi­jiana 7s team aims to fin­ish in the Top Eight in the fi­nal round of the 2015/2016 World Rugby Women’s Seven Se­ries. The side departed yes­ter­day boosted with the back-to-back se­ries ti­tle win in the World Sevens Se­ries by the Ben Ryan-coached Voda­fone 7’s team. “We want to fin­ish in the top eight but first we want to win our pool games,” he said.

“Def­i­nitely it was ex­cit­ing to watch and con­grat­u­la­tion to Ben and the boys. We will try to em­u­late their per­for­mance but there is a huge task for the girls and we will en­joy ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion.”

The side will face hosts France, Ire­land and points ta­ble leader Aus­tralia and in Pool C in the Au­vergne, France this week­end. “We will take each game at a time and hope­fully we get there. It is a tough pool but it is al­ways good to come up against the best sides. Aus­tralia is lead­ing the se­ries and we play them first up,” Tanivula said. He added debu­tants like Ebony Satala (winger) and Asena Roko (half­back) have proved them­selves to be part of the team but more work is re­quired for the Rio Olympics. “There are cou­ples of new play­ers putting their hands up. Things are get­ting ex­cit­ing as we get closer to Rio. When we get back the play­ers will join the boys in camp at the Up­ris­ing Beach Re­sort which will be the fi­nal phase of prepa­ra­tions for Rio.” Team: Brit­tany Coates, Tal­ica Vodo, Ebony Satala, Jiowana Sauto, Vini­ana Ri­wai, Mere­wai Cumu, Miriama Naiobasali, Asena Roko, Re­becca Tavo, Ana Maria Ro­qica (c), Luisa Ba­sei, Rusila Na­gasau.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tele­com Fi­jiana 7s reps at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

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