Sup­port Us, Burnes Pleads

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Fi­jiana XVs cap­tain Lailanie Burnes pleads to Fi­jians to sup­port the team as they pre­pare for the sec­ond round of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Hong Kong on De­cem­ber 9. Fi­jiana put up a brave per­for­mance de­feat­ing Pa­pua New Guinea in the Ocea­nia Women’s Cham- pi­o­nship last Satur­day 37-10 at the ANZ Sta­dium. “PNG gave us a tough com­pe­ti­tion and I’m just proud of the Fi­jiana team,”she said. “We said be­fore com­ing into the match there is time and sea­son for ev­ery­thing and Satur­day was our time and sea­son to show what we have. We are happy to come out and achieve our goal,” Burnes said. “Rugby is al­ways a male dom­i­nated sport but we are able to show Fiji that women can play rugby as well. “We need Fiji’s sup­port as we pre­pare for the Hong Kong repechage.” The women will take one week break be­fore re­sum­ing prepa­ra­tion un­der the guid­ance of in­terim coach Sere­maia Bai, Kele Leawere and Alif­er­eti Do­viver­ata. “Af­ter one week break our aim now is per­fect­ing our skills, we want to thank ev­ery­one who has been sup­port­ing us. “For me per­son­ally this is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a dream come true since this is al­ways our aim to go out there and rep­re­sent your coun­try,” Burnes added. Edited by Osea Bola

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