Final Trials for Fijiana Squad
29 June, 2012
Women vying for a spot in the Fijiana team for the Women’s 7s RWC Qualifiers in August went through their final trials at Bidesi Park in Suva today.
The event, which is the Oceania regional qualifier for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, will feature nine of the region’s top teams, including Australia, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji.
Australia and New Zealand have automatically qualified for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 which means that the remaining seven teams will fight for the third spot to qualify for Moscow 2013.
After today’s trials Coach Elenoa Kunatuba says that there is still a lot of work to do but is very confident in the team that will be selected.
“We just need to push up their fitness levels, and in terms of combination the girls are working well together on the field, there are just a few rough patches that we will need to iron out”.
A decision is yet to be made on whether the final squad will go into camp, but Kunatuba says that this is just a minor obstacle.
“Whether we go into camp or not, we will still be able to prepare the girls for the qualifiers, nothing is impossible, camp is the least of my worries, right now I want to concentrate on preparing the girls for the qualifiers”.
But the road to Moscow will be a tough one seeing that the Fijiana will be up against Asia Pacific Champions Papua New Guinea.
“Everyone is a threat for that third spot, SPG silver medalists Samoa and I have a feeling that Cook Islands will be bringing in their players from New Zealand. Also we can never rule out New Caledonia, so we need to look at every team as a threat and prepare as best we can” she said.
After the girls go through a medical checkup, Kunatuba is expected to name the final squad next week.