August 14, 2021
Fijiana XVs Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup will not be easy and the postponement to next year should be seen as a blessing in disguise as it gives teams more time to prepare.
He said it is important to start preparing early because expectations will be high and all teams will enter the World Cup well prepared.
“The postpponement has given us more time to prepare ourselves for a strong team. We have been drawn in Pool C alongside tough teams like France, England and South Africa. We will have to ensure that we feel the missing gaps in the team and then only we can counter the teams in our pool.”
“It’s all a matter of how we prepare at the ground level which is now. Whatever preparations and training we do know will be reflected next year. Yes, we are eager that after the pandemic ends, we hope the local provincial competitions resume so our girls can play there.”
"We cannot afford to underestimate any team because all teams will come prepared and try hard. We also have to be in competition and be competitent in our pool games," Seruvakula said.
Seruvakula also mentioned that 30 players are in the camp, some who went to play at the Olympics will get into camp next month while players overseas have been asked to send in training videos.
“We have to monitor the performance of the players and that’s the reason why our extended squad is at the camp in Laucala. We are assessing and analysing their training and looking at their weaknesses.”
“We will try to get our reps part of the Olympics squad in the camp next month after they have rested well and met their families. Those players overseas who can’t come due to the pandemic, those 20 have been given the training guidance and they send in their training videos for us to monitor and see their fitness level,” he added.
The World Cup is scheduled to take place in New Zealand next year.
By Romeka Romena