September 06, 2021
Fijiana XVs Captain Sereima Leweniqila says the postponement of the Rugby World Cup is a blessing in disguise as it gives the team more time to prepare for their maiden appearance on the world stage.
Lewaniqila told Fiji Rugby media their management has been very active in keeping the players engaged as they pump up their preparation.
Fijiana have not played a match together since they last played a year ago but the deferred of the RWC date has provided head coach Senirusi Seruvakula enough time to work closely with his squad in getting everything right.
“Our coaches n SNC team have been very active from the beginning. We have our training chat groups where our progamme is posted on a daily basis and players are tasked to send in daily videos and results,” Leweniqila said.
“It’s easy to just message our management individually if we are facing any difficulties and they are very understanding, and at times we would have our zoom meetings with our different coaches just to get everyone on the same page.”
The captain also explained the roller coaster journey as they gear up for New Zealand next year and not just with the current COVID-19 situation they’re facing but with the postponement of the world cup as well.
“We can’t do much with what the country is going through, for each player it’s a different story on the struggle we each face to try and keep the dream alive of playing in the world cup in these difficult times.”
“Some of us have lost loved ones, contracted COVID-19, loss of job/ hours cut, then there are trying to keep fit and improvising with whatever we can find at home to use it as training equipment.”
“Not only the form of training that we had been undergoing we had found some to be new to us and also challenging, then we have a few stumbling blocks of smaller issues that we hit along the way,” Lewaniqila explained.
However, the Fijiana XVs believe that with the Fijiana 7’s success at the Olympics, it has definitely provided them with the urge to train hard, give it their best and aim for the top reward.
“Just an overall inspirational, motivational and just a proud moment for all women who play rugby, their win not only impacted the rugby fraternity but just women in General, winning an Olympic medal or just participating in the event is one of the highest forms of achievement in sport for any women.”.
“As for the Fijiana 15s I think it’s given the players a sense of feeling and hope that anything is possible, we just have to work hard and work together,” she added.
By Romeka Romena