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The Fi­jiana 15s side are ready to face Pa­pua New Guinea for the in­au­gu­ral Ocea­nia Rugby Cham­pi­onship at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva on Satur­day. Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day, Fi­jiana coach Sere­maia Bai said the girls are ex­cited as they know they would be play­ing on home soil. “Of course we are ready,” the for­mer star rugby in­ter­na­tional said. “We are learn­ing ev­ery day and we are grow­ing and the girls are ready. Prepa­ra­tions are good and the girls are very com­pet­i­tive as they know the task ahead. It’s been very pos­i­tive but we are con­fi­dent at where we are at the mo­ment so the girls are ex­cited. “There’s a mix of girls who have been play­ing for quite a while and for those who have reached this level. But for those who have worked their way into the team we are try­ing to de­velop them. We’ve a good mix. “We are touch­ing base on our de­fence in­di­vid­ual tack­ling tech­niques and the ba­sics. “Ba­sic de­fence is very im­por­tant for us. We need to be strong as a team in terms of de­fence; this is all about own­ing your role.”

Bai has called on the pub­lic to show the girls their sup­port as they have a few goals they are hop­ing to achieve. “We just need their sup­port if they can come down in num­bers and sup­port the girls. “We are work­ing to­wards qual­i­fy­ing for the world cup. Our short term goal is to qual­ify for the Ocea­nia qual­i­fiers so we just need the pub­lic to come down and we will try our best to en­ter­tain them with high class rugby.” The in­au­gu­ral Ocea­nia Rugby Cham­pi­onship clash kicks-off at 3pm. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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