Fijiana works on creating balance

Team Fiji women’s rugby 7s side during a training session in Japan. Picture: FIJI RUGBY

Team Fiji women’s rugby 7s side is working to create a balance between the leaders in the group, senior players and newcomers in a bid to get the right combinations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Team Fiji women’s rugby 7s team is in Pool B with Canada, France and Brazil.

The side faced a tough challenge on day one of action on July 29 taking on France at 12pm and then Canada at 7.30pm.

Both France and Canada are ranked higher than Fiji and are highly tipped to book their spots in the quarter-finals.

Fiji will face Brazil at 12pm in the final pool match the following day.

Team Fiji women’s rugby 7s coach Saiasi Fuli said they were mapping their game plan and strategies against their opponents during the training sessions.

Fuli said they were grouped with some of the best teams in the world in terms of the women’s rugby 7s.

“It is a very challenging one since we have France and Canada on the opening day and Brazil the following day,” he said.

“We have been training our girls on how to sustain themselves in those kinds of situations.

“How to encounter it and then continue to work hard to pull through gaining positive results against those opponents.

Fuli said they went through most of their processes for the Tokyo Olympic Games during the PacificAus Sports Oceania 7s tournament in Australia last month.

“We needed to set up the same program that will be happening in Japan so that was implemented in Australia.

“We are trying to create a balance between the senior players, the leaders and the newcomers.

“We did that at the Oceania 7s and now we will transform that same application in Tokyo. There are a couple of experienced players in the team who played at the past Olympic Games in Rio.

“Captain Rusila Nagasau, Rejieli Daveua and Viniana Riwai are surviving members of the team that represented the nation at the Brazil Games in 2016 where the side finished in eighth position.”

Fuli added the morale was good and the girls were just excited and looking forward to the first game.

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