September 20, 2012
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Kunatuba focuses on speed

Fiji Rugby national women’s coach Elenoa Kunatuba has a good five days to prepare her team for the final stage of the Rugby World Cup 7s qualifiers in India next month.

The 2012 Asian Women’s 7s Championship in Pune, India, is scheduled for 6-7 October with only the top three teams earning automatic qualification to the Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow, Russia next year.

“This if a very important tournament for us and we are certainly not taking it lightly,” Kunatuba said.

“This is our only chance at playing in the World 7s tournament and we won’t get that opportunity until after four years.

“To that end, I must say I’m pleased with the show of commitment from the players. We didn’t march into camp until yesterday, but the players still managed to turn up for training on the first two days which shows their commitment and drive in the cause.”

Since the start of the week, Kunatuba has had her players focusing on their speed work with expectations of very mobile and speedy Asian opposition.

“These players are seasonal players. Straight after the Oceania games, most of them have been training. Fitness wise we still need to work on some of the players’ cardio otherwise the team is good.”

Hooker, Mereoni Yabakidrau who skippered the Fijiana team during the Oceania 7s is top bet to retain the captaincy armband for the Asian qualifiers next month.

A squad of 16 players marched into camp in Suva yesterday, with only 12 to make the trip to India. The team leaves the country on the first week of October.

Fiji is grouped in Band 1 with Japan, China and Kazakhstan.


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