RIO OLYMPICS: Cracknell Happy With Fijiana
Fiji Rugby women’s coaching director Chris Cracknell is happy with the 18-member training squad in the Telecom Fijiana team with 24 days to go to the Rio Olympics. The team has been training alongside the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour. “The training sessions and preparations for Rio have been going really well,” Cracknell said. “We have had games over the last couple of days within the squad and I’m happy to see how the girls are progressing. “They are fitter now and anyone of them could go to Rio. “I won’t be dropping any players because selection is quite tough. I don’t mind spending a bit more time with the girls before the final selection.” Cracknell said no game in Rio would ever be easy. “We play USA first on August 6 who we have been wrestling with all year and they have really given us a tough run,” he said. “Our next game is against Australia and they are obviously going to be the tough being front-runners for the gold medal so they are going to be our hardest opponents. “The last game against Columbia will be a very physical one so we are looking to have a good outing.” With the Fijiana team paving the way for women’s rugby in the country, Cracknell believes the reps are playing important roles in getting more women involved in the sport. “I don’t know where I will be after the Rio Olympics, whether I will be here or move on but one thing I know is that this team has made a positive impact in the sport,” Cracknell said. “Most of the young girls are conveyor belts to high school girls and I think their participation in Rio will really boost women’s involvement in rugby.” The Rio Olympics is scheduled for August 5-21.
Edited by Osea Bola
From left: Telecom Fijiana squad members Ebony Satala, Britney Coates and Timaima Tamoi.Photo: