Fijiana work on the basics
27 September, 2022, 1:10 pm
The Rooster Chicken Fijiana will “do the little things right” and trust that the processes will take of itself during the women’s Rugby World Cup, says backline coach Mosese Rauluni.
This is the first time our women will take part in the pinnacle of women’s rugby and it will also be the first time they play any of their pool opponents in England, France and South Africa – all ranked highly above us.
The players landed in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday and hit the training paddock yesterday to get a feel of the conditions around them.
Rauluni, a former halfback with the Flying Fijians, said while the team’s hit-out against Canada last weekend showed areas they would need to improve on before taking on the number one team in the world – England – it brought out a buzz within the players.
“I think playing against Canada, the world number three, gave us a bit of confidence to say the England girls are really human,” Rauluni said.
“And, you know, we we’ve just got to worry about ourselves and what we do – do the little things right, these little processes and everything.
“The girls are going to be working on that all, all weekend and into next week. And you know, England will be a tough task.”
Fiji will take on England on October 8 at the iconic Eden Park in what is the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Eight days later, Fijiana and South Africa face each other for the first time at the Waitakere Stadium in Auckland.
Fiji’s final pool game sees them play France for the first time at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei, on Saturday, October 22.