June 10, 2022
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Burnes relishes coaching role

Former Fijiana 15s skipper Leilani Burnes says she is excited to be part of the Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme.
Burnes also relishes her coaching experience with the Fijiana XVs team, who make their debut at the Rugby World Cup 2021 this year.
Although the Fiji women's rugby legend has hung up her boots, she will travel with the Fijiana squad to New Zealand after accepting the internship offer from RWC.
"I was thrilled to learn that I had been selected by World Rugby and the Fiji Rugby Union for this opportunity as it is a great chance for me to grow as a coach and develop my skills," Burnes told World Rugby media.
"I've always wanted to give back to the sport I love, the people of Fiji and Fiji Rugby Union for all the support and opportunities presented to me when I used to play."
"This was the reason I got into coaching in the first place. Being able to be part of the coaching team for our national team, the team I used to play on, is simply wonderful!"
Burnes started working with Fijiana, having joined the squad in Australia ahead of their match against the Wallaroos in Brisbane.
"I think having been in the 'boots' of the players so to speak and knowing what they have and are going through will definitely help."
"However, in terms of my own personal connection with my previous team-mates, whilst I'll always have these wonderful memories and friendships the nature of our relationship will have to change given I'm joining in a coaching capacity and am no longer a fellow player."
She is keen to gain further experience, develop skills and grow as a coach and is aiming "to be the head coach of our national team."
She is also working with the Fijiana head coach Senirusi Seruvakula on the road to New Zealand.
"My coaching style varies depending on the team I'm coaching, between a pull coach to a push coach."
"If the team I'm coaching has younger players I'll adapt more of a pull style to help them learn and develop whilst having fun. If the players are more senior and experienced, I may adopt more of a push style."
"I believe in structure, a positive team culture that is fair, unbiased and conducive for learning."
Seeded in Pool C, Fijiana will debut in the Rugby World Cup against England, at Eden Park on 8 October, play South Africa and France in later pool games.
"It's going to be tough, it's going to be a challenge but bring it on!."
"Every team including Fiji is going into RWC to win. If you don’t have that mindset, you shouldn't be there."
"This is a historic occasion for Fijiana being the team's first ever campaign in RWC. The opportunity to participate in this at not only our Pacific neighbours' home but a rugby powerhouse that has produced so many outstanding legends of the game is indeed inspirational."
By Romeka Romena  

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