August 13, 2021
Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli says he has received numerous calls from local and international girls wanting to join his squad.
Fuli said the interest in the team grown tremendously after their bronze medal win in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as it encouraged women and young girls to engage into rugby
“After the win, I started to get calls from players in Fiji and Fijian players who are overseas. They said they want to join Fijiana and play for Fiji.”
“It’s actually good to see the interests from our locals and those over the borders who have been motivated by the win. The Fijiana 7s by winning the bronze has encouraged the women and girls that we can break the barrier and counter tough teams like we did at Oceania and at the Olympics.”
“I am sure that the win will encourage more females participating in rugby. The door is always open for them and we hope that the sport grows in terms of number of women taking part,” he added.
The inspirational Fiji’s women’s sevens squad became the country’s first female Olympic medallists and concluded their historic Olympic campaign in style.
Team captain Rusila Nagasau, who took part in the Games’ closing ceremony on Sunday, and her ground breaking team-mates must now complete two weeks of quarantine before they return home to friends and family they have not seen since April.
Five years ago, in the wake of the team’s run to the medal quarter-finals at Rio 2016, Fiji experienced an increase in the number of women and girls who wanted to play sevens.
Having become the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Fiji, the signs suggest that the team’s exploits in Tokyo could have an even bigger impact.