June 08, 2022
Fijiana XVs Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has urged Skipper Cup players to prove themselves ahead of the Oceania Championship in Australia next month.
Seruvakula said the local players are currently dominating the 45-member training squad and he is on the look out for more talents.
"A lot of our players at the moment are picked from Skipper Cup. Half of our Super Rugby players are rested so they are there doing their own training at the gym."
"I will be picking my players next week and it will be announced by Fiji Rugby Union."
Seruvakula said the local players from the Skipper competition have impressed him and they have blended well with the Super W champs, the Fijiana Drua.
"They lift the standards and I’m so surprised. For Nadroga, there are six players and Suva. So those girls have been lifting their hands up in the Skipper Cup."
"I'm very happy they are coming in, not shy or starting over again with passing like catch and pass, they really want to play for Fiji and I believe that’s going to be a big threat for our Super Rugby girls."
"The door is still wide open. This week we will be doing our talent idea again as long as we get a lot of girls in our depth chart and that's better."
"It's good for me as a coach to have a better idea when it comes to selection so we can take the best in the World Cup and Oceania."
"At the moment there are 45 girls in the depth chart. Also the overseas girls are going to start marching next week. The overseas girls that are picked will come next week because the next camp is for Oceania," he said.
He further added that while there are five overseas based players, there is huge competition in the current training squad.
"And in two weeks' time we will leave for Oceania championship. Yes, there are five overseas girls and they bring culture and value to the players."
"For the local girls there are a lot of competitions at their positions and in their training now, nearly half of the players are from Skipper Cup."
"And there are a lot of players playing in the Super W and there are a lot of players playing there. The girls have been told that this is the last camp for the local girls to shine and they can do their best in the two weeks' time," he explained.
The Oceania Rugby Women's Championship will be played from 9 to 17 of July in Australia.
By Romeka Romena