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Fijiana 15s rep and policewoman, Bulou Vasuturaga (second from right) during a training session in NZ. Picture: FIJI RUGBY

Fijiana 15s rep and policewoman, Bulou Vasuturaga, hopes to excel in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to inspire her three children to better futures.

Vasuturaga, 30, who had played three Tests for Fiji, was selected into the national squad after a strong performance in the Oceania Championship.

“It has been a challenging journey,” she said after training yesterday in Auckland.

“I started in the Oceania Championship and was not physically fit, but the encouragement of the coaches and the head coach helped me to be part of this Rugby World Cup.

“It is a dream come true as I want to be a role model to my kids. Anything is possible if you believe in what you do.”

While head coach Senirusi Seruvakula continues to prepare the national side to Fiji’s first appearance in the quadrennial world tournament, Vasuturaga believes they could beat their first pool opponent and world No.1 England.

“We will be able to give other teams a good shot in the Rugby World Cup.”

Another player who is relishing her selection into the side is hooker Vika Matarugu, 28.

She has Super W experience which can counter her experienced English opponents in the first pool match on October 8 at Eden Park.

“Deredre toka nai lakolako, ia au marautaka ni’u lewena na mata timi qo. (It has been a difficult journey but I am happy to be part of this team,” the Nukusa Village native from Udu Point in Macuata said.

“We are preparing well against England and we believe we can beat them.”

The team had stepped up training since arriving in Auckland on Sunday. Assistant coach and former Flying Fijians skipper Mosese Rauluni said acclimatisation in New Zealand could help them prepare well against England.

“There are areas that we need to better in our D (defence),” Rauluni said. “We’ve got to get better because England is a different team.

“We’ve got a lot of time, we’ve got two weeks training here, so we’ll work on our D even more and fix up the areas where we probably failed.”

Fiji will take on England at the iconic Eden Park next week Saturday before meeting South Africa on October 16 and France, in their last Pool C match on October 22.

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