Former Wallaroo, Super W Head Coach and National Program Manager at Rugby Australia, Alana Thomas has been appointed as the High Performance Manager for Women’s Rugby.
Fiji Rugby Union in a statement said as a former player, coach, manager, and business accountant, Alana will oversee and manage the Women’s Fijiana XVs and 7s programs.
While sharing her excitement to join Fiji Rugby, Thomas said she wants to continue the massive growth and make sure the Fijiana sides are up at the top while competing at the world level.
“I’m just really excited sitting from afar and watching the Fijiana make the World Cup in 2021, and just seeing the way that they play and love the game,” Thomas said.
“There have been some good foundations laid already, and for me in the next few years we’ve got 2 World Cup, 2 Olympics, Pacific Games, and Commonwealth Games, so putting the Fijiana in the top 3 in the world is the goal and they’re very capable after winning bronze at Tokyo. I honestly believe they are capable of looking at a Gold medal on the podium soon, and underpinning that, I’ve heard so much good news about our development starting at age-group rugby.”
“So having Fijiana teams performing and then having the pathways for those players coming through and looking up to those stars who are creating that pathway for them is what I’ve got to keep rolling and working with everyone.”