Tanivula: Win for Fiji

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Tele­com Fi­jiana head coach Iliesa Tanivula is adamant of a good out­ing in the Ocea­nia Rugby 7s Cham­pi­onship start­ing on Fri­day at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva

“It’s at home we want to win this for Fiji and our fam­i­lies,”Tanivula said. “We have two new girls in Asena Yale­walili and Ana Maria Naimasi and Priscilla Si­ata is back with the core team from the last two years,” Tanivula said. The women’s com­pe­ti­tion com­prises seven teams: Aus­tralia, Samoa, Pa­pua New Guinea, Cook Is­lands, Tonga, Solomon Is­lands and hosts Fiji and will be played in round robin for­mat with the top team to be de­clared the win­ner.

Tanivula said: “This is build­ing up to the Women Sevens Se­ries in Dubai and it’s a big chal­lenge for us. We don’t have much com­pe­ti­tion where we can pick girls but we al­ready have our Dubai squad. “Af­ter Dubai then we can look at the ex­tended squad and hope­fully we can get in more girls.” Tanivula also con­firmed France­based play­ers Litia Naiqato and Luisa Tisolo are likely to join the squad in prepa­ra­tion for the Women Sevens Se­ries in Syd­ney on Fe­bru­ary 3-4, next year. “They will be free in Fe­bru­ary and hope­fully they come in dur­ing Syd­ney 7s, the door is open,” Tanivula added. Edited by Osea Bola

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