October 04, 2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana Forwards Coach Greg Smith said their goal is to prepare sufficiently ahead of their opening match against England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday.
The former Flying Fijians skipper said Fijiana will be battling against some of the tough teams and professional players in the World.
"For us as in the forwards, the teams that were playing France, England and South Africa-four forward orientated teams, just like Canada was in Fiji."
"So the challenge is for us there and I guess the goal is to prepare ourselves sufficiently to meet the challenge that those teams pose."
"I mean, it's a steep learning curve for a lot of our girls who haven't played a lot of rugby and in review a lot of rugby comparatively, so the team opposition we're up against here is five years of rugby professional athletes that for sure are good players in the country."
"They do rugby day in and day out and they have done for years, comparatively our girls are relatively new to this. So there needs to be kept in mind when we compare the groups, particularly the forwards, but we're making as much progress as we can as quickly as we can because we need to."
He added that the girls are eager to play against England for the first time and give their best performance."
"I mean, they are number one in the world so they haven't got that ranking for any other reason that they've got. So I'd be confident, but they haven't played us either.
So then probably not sure what we offer.
They may have watched us on the video but they haven't played us. The day looks like it's going to be dry. They will suit us and we'll get a good go but maybe the first time for England to play Fiji." he said.
The Fijiana vs England match kicks off at 3.45pm at Eden Park in New Zealand on Saturday.
By Romeka Romena