June 29, 2022
Netherlands-based Fijiana Number 8 Sulita Waisega has revealed that playing alongside male counterparts in competitions has helped build her a strong character and improve on her fitness and game skills.
The 18-year-old, who is also the youngest player in the Fijiana squad said lack of women's competition in the Netherlands did not deter her from taking up the sport which is so close to her heart.
"I moved to the Netherlands when I was just three years old. So I've basically lived there all my life for 15 years and I have been playing with the boys since then till I turned 18."
"I've been playing with the boys my whole life and I think I wanted more challenges. So I stayed with the boys."
"And yeah, it helped me pretty well because they were more faster. They were better with the ball and yeah, that helped me to come up."
"I didn't really know what to do after I played with the boys because I've reached a certain age that you have to switch."
The Macuata lass who plays for the Haagsche Rugby Club said her father encouraged her to join the Fijiana squad.
Waisega further added that she looks up to Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua and Super W winning Captain Bitilia Tawake and is eager to don the Fijiana jersey at the Championship next month.
"I think the weather it's pretty hot here and we train a lot. Three times a day. And I've been training a lot with the girls. We've been getting to know each other more and it's going very well."
"Since the Fijiana Drua have been playing, I've been seeing a lot of those girls. And of course, they've been playing in the Super W and won."
"So yes, my dad had another option and there was a Fijiana and I said, Yes, right away. So that is how I came here."
"Bitilia has also been playing in my position. She has been very outstanding and we're just trying to get to a certain level where I can work and enjoy and play good rugby with the girls."
"Playing in Oceania Championship with three other countries should be big for us. We should be proud to be wearing the Fiji jersey and representing the nation, families, everyone."
"I am really looking forward to making my debut in New Zealand and I am certain we will do our best to be number one in Oceania and the World Cup," she added.
By Romeka Romena