September 02, 2021
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Fijiana support was a challenge: Skipper

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist and Fijiana 7s captain Rusila Nagasau revealed that getting fan support was a challenge for the side.

In an interview with Fiji Rugby media, Nagasau shared how they set out on a mission not only aiming for gold but to bring the utmost glory to women’s rugby in Fiji, which “we deserved,” she said.

“The biggest challenge for us was trying to get the public to support women’s rugby here in Fiji, we had the opportunity to go to the Olympics to prove that Fijian women can play rugby and get medals too, and we did just that,” Nagasau told FRU media.  

Nagasau admitted they were aiming to attract supporters’ passion and the love towards Fijiana and women’s rugby in Fiji, and they knew the Olympics arena was the best place to win hearts.

She said the Olympics campaign was also a campaign to bring recognition to women’s rugby in Fiji knowing that it’s the right platform to showcase their ability, and dismiss the patriarchal stereotype towards rugby in Fiji.

“One of our main aims heading to the Olympics was to restore womens rugby back here at home.”

“We usually see our men’s team taking to the podium winning medals and tournaments, and that challenges us.”

The captain also highlighted that head coach Saiasi Fuli played a very crucial role in changing this prevalent thought of male dominance in rugby here in Fiji.

 “The biggest change coach Fuli did with our team was changing the culture and the mindset within the team.”

“Our achievement has proved that not only for rugby but all other sports in Fiji, that our women can also reach that level.”

Nagasau urges the whole country to support the inclusivity of women’s participation in all sports in Fiji.

“What we’re urging now is the same support and treatment for womens sport in Fiji and we know this will help not only women’s rugby but other sports to step up to another level,” she added.

Nagasau also mentioned she’s eager to help in the development of rugby for the upcoming new generation of players in Fiji.

By Romeka Romena  

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