Womens Rugby World Cup 2022

Womens Rugby World Cup 2022

By fijivillage
Thursday 20/10/2022
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Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.


Fijiana need to beat France to keep their quarter final hopes alive

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 20/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s coach Senirusi Seruvakula is hoping that the match day squad he has named can pull an upset against France in their final pool match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

With the quarterfinals looming, the top two teams from each pool automatically progress through along with the two best-third-placed teams.

At this stage Italy, the USA or Wales have 5 points each and are looking more likely to sneak in ahead of the Fijiana who are sitting with 4 points.

Should the Fijiana upset France this weekend, then they automatically qualify to the quarters along with England from Pool C.

Fijiana Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named one of the best available sides this weekend with Asinate Serevi named again as captain.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm Saturday.




Seruvakula names exciting team for final RWC pool match as Serevi named captain again

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 20/10/2022
[Photo: Fiji Rugby]

Fijiana Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named one of the best available sides to take on France in their final do-or-die pool match in the Women’s Rugby World Cup this Saturday.

The impressive front row of Iris Verebalavu, Siteri Rasolea and hooker Vika Matarugu will start for the third game in a row while Asinate Serevi will again captain and pair up with Merevesi Ofakimalino at locks.

Karalaini Naisewa moves from number eight to flanker with Raijieli Daveua to allow Sereima Leweniqila back into the number 8.

In the backline, veteran half back Ana Maria Roqica and fly half Kolora Lomani will share the halves position.

Sesenieli Donu will combine with Melaia Matanatabu in the midfield while the back three consists of Vitalina Naikore and Raijieli Laqeretabua on the wings and Roela Radiniyavuni at fullback.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm Saturday.

Fijiana team V France:

1. Iris Verebalavu 2. Vika Matarugu 3. Siteri Rasolea 4. Asinate Serevi {c} 5. Merevesi Ofakimalino 6. Karalaini Naisewa 7. Raijieli Daveua 8. Sereima Leweniqila 9. Ana Maria Roqica 10. Kolora Lomani 11. Vitalina Naikore 12. Sesenieli Donu 13. Melaia Matanatabu 14. Raijieli Laqeretabua 15. Roela Radiniyavuni Reserves 16. Bitila Tawake 17. Mereoni Vonosere 18. Bolou Vasuturaga 19. Sulita Waisega 20. Ema Adivitaloga 21. Lavenia Cavuru 22. Rusila Nagasau 23. Talei Wilson

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Sevens maestro Waisale Serevi is proud of his daughter Asinate Serevi’s achievement at the Women's Rugby World Cup

By Marika Rasekaseka, Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 20/10/2022
[Photo: Waisale Serevi's Facebook page]

Sevens maestro Waisale Serevi is proud of his daughter Asinate Serevi after she received her participation medal for the Women's Rugby World Cup, and World Cup cap, the bonus is leading our Fijiana.

Serevi highlighted in a post on his Facebook page saying how proud he is of his daughter's achievement.

He says he was once asked by Asinate what is the biggest event in World Rugby, he responded and said that it's World Cup.

He says World Rugby always recognizes players who play in the event.

Serevi also highlighted that the ups and downs of her journey, perseverance and hard work have paid off with God's guidance and protection.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana are back in training to prepare for their last pool match against France and hoping to secure a win and a quarter-final spot.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm Saturday.

Source: Waisale Serevi’s FB page

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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We have to be more physical against France – Serevi

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Wednesday 19/10/2022
Fijiana 15’s captain, Asinate Serevi

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s captain Asinate Serevi believes they need to be more physical if they want to match world number four team, France in their last pool match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup this weekend.

Serevi says the French will be ready for them but they will need to be patient with the ball and take every opportunity to score points.

Meanwhile, Fijiana coach Senirusi Seruvakula is expected to bring back some of his key players with the likes of loose forward Sereima Leweniqila and winger Alowesi Nakoci.

France scrumhalf Laure Sansus has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a serious knee injury she suffered from their 13-7 loss to England.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Wilson embracing her experience with the Fijiana

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Tuesday 18/10/2022
Fijiana 15’s outside centre, Talei Wilson

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s outside centre Talei Wilson is embracing her experience with the Fijiana in the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Wilson who plays for the Brumbies in the Super W Competition says she forgets sometimes when she is passed the ball, she needs to stop watching and work hard to get to the other side.

She adds it is always a joy watching her teammates work together.

Wilson has stamped her mark in the 13 jersey and has combined well with the robust centre Sesenieli Donu.

The Fijiana are back in training to prepare for their last pool match against France and hoping to secure a win and a quarter final spot.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm Saturday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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England, Canada and New Zealand first teams to secure their place in the quarter-finals

By Alipate Narawa
Tuesday 18/10/2022
[Photo: World Rugby]

England, Canada and New Zealand are the first teams to secure their place in the Rugby World Cup 2021 quarter-finals during a gripping second round on New Zealand’s North Island.

There were also first wins of the competition for Australia, the USA and Fiji, who secured an historic victory which lifted them five places in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings.

France will be without scrum-half Laure Sansus when they take on Fiji this Saturday after it was confirmed she would miss the rest of the tournament with a knee injury sustained in the first half of the defeat to England.

Fiji head into the final round of the pool stage on a high having recorded their first ever Rugby World Cup win in stunning fashion against South Africa.

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s will take on France at 6.15pm this Saturday.

Source: rugbyworldcup.com

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Fijiana eyes World Cup quarter-final spot

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Monday 17/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.

An incredible game of rugby that the Fijiana dominated for long periods was only settled in the dying seconds as Karalaini Naisewa scored under the posts.

The Fijiana now brace for a strong French team who are already being rated as the favourite to join England in the top two from Pool C.

However, the Fijiana are expected to see some of their key players back this week and coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the team have gained a lot of confidence from their win last weekend.

The top two teams from each pool automatically progress to the quarterfinals, along with the two best-third-placed teams. At this stage Italy, the USA or Wales look more likely to sneak in ahead of Fiji.

The Fijiana will take on France at 6.15pm Saturday.



Fijiana moved to 16th place in World Rugby ranking by beating South Africa

By Marika Rasekaseka
Monday 17/10/2022
Bitila Tawake in action against South Africa [Photo: World Rugby]

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team has moved up 5 places in the rankings from 21st to 16th after defeating South Africa 21-17 in the Women’s Rugby World Cup yesterday.

Captain Asinate Serevi says winning their first game in the World Cup has meant the world to them.

Serevi says winning a game for their country is like winning the World Cup.

Player of the Match Siteri Rasolea says her teammates played with their hearts and dug deep to win their first game against South Africa.

Rasolea says they played for their teammates who were not selected and those that couldn't make the team.

She adds they were grateful that they managed to get their first win in their first Women's Rugby World Cup.

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s will face France this Saturday at 6.15pm.




Fijiana survives scare from South Africa to win 21-17 in the dying seconds

By Alipate Narawa
Sunday 16/10/2022
Photo:Getty Images

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s have defeated 11th ranked South Africa 21-17 to get their first win at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Fiji struck first through winger Ilisapeci Delaiwau in the 12th minute after some broken play and it was successfully converted by Lavena Cavuru.

A couple of missed opportunities where the Fijiana could have extended their lead, but luckily the South Africans were not able to capitalise.

Zintle Mpupha sliced through the Fijiana defence and dotted down between the sticks making the conversion easy for Janse van Rensburg to level the score.

Akanisi Sokoiwasa cruises over for a try on the stroke of half-time with Cavuru getting the conversion to take a 14-7 lead at the break.

In the 59th minute, South Africa got a penalty and they power over on their second attempt after recycling the ball quickly and Hele diving over to level the score 14-all.

Janse van Rensburg strikes back with a penalty goal to give South Africa the lead with 40 seconds left, but the Fijianas had the last say with No 8 Karalaini Naisewa brushing aside the defence to score under the sticks.

The Fijiana will face France next Saturday at 6.15pm in their final pool game.


Fijiana
vs
South Africa


Kick off!
2nd min Great start from Fiji


4th min: try to Fiji


Great break from Sesenieli Donu... but the call was forward pass




5th min: Great performance from the SA forwards
13th min: Try to Fiji: Ilisapeci Delaiwau
5-0

 Conversion successful by Lavena Cavuru
7-0

17th min: Fijiana have another chance to extend their lead. 


18th min: missed chance from Fiji as they knocked it on 5 metres to the try line


24th min: great break from Fiji in their 22 metres, but unfortunately they loss the ball


30th min: water break.. good outing by the girls but they need to keep the ball more. 


34 min: great defence from the girls but they have lost another chance to extend their lead.



7-7
35th min: try to SA
40th min: Try to Fiji: Akanisi Sokoiwasa ,Conversion success
14-7



HALF TIME

46th min: Yellow card to Fiji Akanisi Sokoiwasa


51st min: and a TRY for Fijiana by Vika Matarugu
19-7

57th min: For the second time in the game, Fiji have a try scrubbed out! There was a little knock on at the base of the ruck a couple of phases before that try was scored, and the TMO has spotted it. Could be a massive moment in the contest.
14-7


14-14
58th min: Try to SA South Africa penalty 25m out, and they tap and go. It's taken to the posts where Ntoyanto comes up just short! On the next phase, Hele dives over and gets a try that she massively deserves!
62nd min: missed chances from Fijiana


66th min: Fijiana missed another chance to score another try  


69th min: Fijiana have another chance.


74th min: penalty conversion missed from Lavena Cavuru. 




78th min: SA converts a penalty.
79th Try to Fiji Karalaini Naisewa, conversion successful
21-17


Full Time

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Fiji needs to win against SA to remain in contention for a quarter-final berth - Seruvakula

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Sunday 16/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Four Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s players are expected to make their debut for Fiji when they face South Africa in the Women’s Rugby World Cup match this afternoon.

They are Joma Rubuti, Kolora Lomani, Ana Maria Naimasi and Timaima Ravisa.

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula says these players have been expected to have an impact against South Africa in a game which they need to win to remain in contention for a quarter-final berth.

He adds South Africa is a forward-oriented team, and they will try to counter them in the scrums, lineouts and mauls, but they have a game plan and are prepared to face them.

The Fijiana will meet South Africa at 4.45pm today.




Fijiana 15s ready to face-off against South Africa

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Sunday 16/10/2022
Photo:Fiji Rugby Union

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the girls are all raring up to go against their opponent South Africa in their second Women’s Rugby World Cup match this afternoon.

He says South Africa will put up a powerful performance, and therefore the whole team needs to bring their best game this afternoon.

Seruvakula says South Africa is a forward-oriented team, and they will try to counter them on the scrums, lineouts and mauls, but they have a game plan and are prepared to face them.

He adds it is a huge blow they have lost their captain, but he has full faith in Asinate Serevi to deliver the job.

Seruvakula says Serevi has been one of their co-captains and an outstanding player on and off the field and she has the quality to lead the pack.

The Fijiana will meet South Africa at 4.45pm today.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Donu is a player to look out for this weekend

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Saturday 15/10/2022
Photo:FRU

One player to look out for when the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s takes on South Africa in the Women's Rugby World Cup tomorrow is inside centre and Olympic bronze medallist Sesenieli Donu.

Donu was one of the shining lights of Fijiana's inaugural World Cup match against England.

In front of a passionate crowd, the 26-year-old sent them crazy as she dummied, stepped and dived over the line to score right in half-time.

Whilst the game got away from Fiji, Donu can be proud of her performance, recording a tournament-high of four offloads and eight tackle busts to go with the try.

She will be looking to produce a similar performance against South Africa at 4.45pm tomorrow as they hunt for their first win.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Serevi to captain the Fijiana against South Africa in WRWC

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 14/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has made eight changes to his match-day squad to face South Africa in their second Rugby World Cup pool match with Asinate Serevi to take on the captaincy role.

Seruvakula has maintained his front row of Iris Verebalavu and Siteri Rasolea on the props while Vika Matarugu is at hooker.

Two changes have been made in the second row with Captain Sereima Leweniqila being replaced by Merevesi Ofakimalino who will partner with Serevi at locks.

19-year-old Sulita Waisega gets her second start and will pair up with Raijieli Daveua on the blind and open side flanker while Karalaini Naisewa will start again at number eight.

In the backs, Talei Wilson comes in at the outside center and will partner up with Sesenieli Donu. Ilisapeci Delaiwau and Akanisi Sokoiwasa are the new wings who will be put in to counter the opposition on Sunday.

Joma Rubuti, Kolora Lomani, Ana Maria Naimasi and Timaima Ravisa are expected to earn their World Cup debut off the bench.

Seruvakula says he has full faith in Serevi who have been vocal throughout their preparations and during the games.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.

Fijiana Squad V South Africa

1. Iris Verebalavu 2. Vika Matarugu 3. Siteri Rasolea 4. Asinate Serevi 5. Merevesi Ofakimalino 6. Sulita Waisega 7. Raijieli Daveua 8. Karalaini Naisewa 9. Lavena Cavuru 10. Merewalesi Rokouono 11. Ilisapeci Delaiwau 12. Sesenieli Donu 13. Talei Wilson 14. Akanisi Sokoiwasa 15. Roela Radiniyavuni

Reserves

16. Bitila Tawake 17. Bolou Vasuturaga 18. Mereoni Namositava 19. Joma Rubuti 20. Ema Adivitaloga 21. Kolora Lomani 22. Ana Maria Naimasi 23. Timaima Ravisa




It will be good to have most of the Fijiana 15’s players in Drua next year - Seruvakula

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 14/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s coach, Senirusi Seruvakula is hoping to have most of the national players to be included into the Fijiana Drua side to defend the Super W title next season.

With the need to have more high level test matches in their bag, Seruvakula knows that this can be supplemented by having majority of the Fijiana in the Drua and gain the exposure and professional experience they need.

Seruvakula adds that the highest test cap player in the Fijiana team has only 4 test matches.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.




It’s a must-win game for Fijiana this week – Inoke Male

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 14/10/2022
Photo: Fiji Rugby

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Lineout Coach Inoke Male says this week is a must-win match for them when they face South Africa in their second Women’s Rugby World Cup game.

He says South Africa has a big forward pack, and they expect a physical encounter against them.

Male says fans can expect some Fijian flair this week.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.

Women's Rugby World Cup
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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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We have got the advantage and are looking for a win against SA – Seruvakula

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 13/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s coach, Senirusi Seruvakula believes they have gained a lot of learning experience from their opening match against England last week and have got the advantage to get a win this weekend.

Seruvakula says they have a lot of time to prepare as the game is being played on Sunday and will be making a few changes to the run on team to give an opportunity to some players to get the World Cup experience.

Meanwhile Seruvakula adds that one of the standout moments for them against England was when they managed to hold their scrum against the strong English pack.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.





We’ll bring our A-game this week - Daveua

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 13/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s player Raijieli Daveua

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s player Raijieli Daveua says they will have to bring their A-game this week when they face South Africa in their second Women’s Rugby World Cup match.

She says they understand South Africa has big forwards and have been playing in the World Cup, but for them, they have nothing to lose, and they will give their best.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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The Fijiana’s mindset is still grassroots and we are trying to change that – Tikoirotuma

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Wednesday 12/10/2022
[Photo: Getty Image]

Former Flying Fijians utility back and Rooster Chicken Fijiana Backline coach, Asaeli Tikoirotuma believes that the Fijiana are still trying to adapt to be professionals and their mindset is still grassroots at the moment.

Following their 84-19 thrashing to England in their opening World Cup match, Tikoirotuma says the level of rugby in Fiji is very low and it was a short time to prepare the Fijiana for their maiden world cup.

The former Chiefs winger adds that most of the Fijiana players are just learning how to run block lines, how to run back door and how to identify opportunities in front of them.

Tikoirotuma says at one point in the game, the girls started to get bored during the game where they lacked professionalism.

The Fijiana will take on South Africa at 4.45pm.




We learnt a lot from our first game against England – Leweniqila

By Naveel Krishant
Tuesday 11/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s captain Sereima Leweniqila

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s captain Sereima Leweniqila says they learnt a lot from their first game against England in their debut Rugby World Cup match.

Leweniqila says she thinks they can get better from there and concentrate on their next games.

She adds they could have played better but it just wasn’t their day.

The Fijiana side will play South Africa at 4.45pm Sunday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Rasolea proud of representing Fiji in the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup

By Marika Rasekaseka
Monday 10/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15's prop, Siteri Rasolea [Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15's prop Siteri Rasolea says she will note in her history books that she is a member of the first Fijian women's team to the World Cup and she is proud of it.

Rasolea was making a comeback after having surgery last year.

The Fijiana 15s team will play South Africa in their second group game at 4.45pm on Sunday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Fijiana has to do a lot of homework before their match against South Africa - Leweniqila

By Zodelle Bhan
Sunday 09/10/2022
Fijiana 15s captain Sereima Leweniqila. [Image: Fiji Rugby]

Fijiana 15s captain Sereima Leweniqila says the team has to do a lot of homework and learn how to keep the momentum going before the next match against South Africa in the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

She has highlighted this after their 84-19 thrashing to England.

Leweniqila says playing against the number one in the world, she is happy they held them in the first half.

England led 24-14 at half time.

Leweniqila adds there is still an opportunity to go further if the team polishes up a few things.

Fiji’s tries were made by wing Alowesi Nakoci, inside centre Sesenieli Donu and scrum-half Lavena Cavuru.

Fijiana takes on South Africa at Waitakere Stadium at 4.45pm on Sunday.




Playing at the World Cup is itself is a huge achievement for women’s rugby in Fiji - Seruvakula

By Zodelle Bhan
Sunday 09/10/2022
[Image: guardian]

Fijiana Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula says playing at the World Cup is itself a huge achievement for women’s rugby in Fiji.

He highlighted this after being thrashed 84-19 by England which is the world number one ranked team.

Seruvakula says he is very proud of the girls and they managed to hold them in the first half but lost focus in the second spell.

England led 24-14 at half time.

He adds playing against a professional side like England, they need to be consistent and not give a lot of errors plus they need to be smart.

Fijiana takes on South Africa at Wai-takere Stadium at 4.45pm on Sunday.





Fijiana 15’s thrashed by England 84-19 in their first Womens Rugby World Cup match

By Marika Rasekaseka
Saturday 08/10/2022

The Fijiana 15s team has been hammered 84-19 by England in their opening match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup at Auckland’s Eden Park.

Fijiana 7s players Sesenieli Donu, Aloesi Nakoci and Lavena Cavuru scored a try each with Cavuru converting 2 tries.

England scored a total of 14 tries extending their winning streak to 26 matches.

Fijiana will be facing France on the 22nd of this month.




Fijiana to rely on Leweniqila and Serevi’s mobility as they take on England in Rugby World Cup

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 08/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana coach Senirusi Seruvakula

Rooster Chicken Fijiana coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the team will be relying on captain Sereima Leweniqila and Asinate Serevi’s mobility and use that in their first Rugby World Cup match against England today.

Seruvakula says they understand the pack will be strong and heavy especially in the set pieces so they had to shift Leweniqila to adapt into the forwards.

Meanwhile, Leweniqila says they have been focusing on unity in the camp.

She says once they get their bonding right, they will be able to play any team.

The Fijiana will meet England at 3.45pm at a sold out Eden Park today.




Rugby World Cup 2021 to kick-off in front of sold out crowd

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 07/10/2022
Photo:RWC

Tickets to the opening match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup have been sold out, with a record-breaking crowd set to fill New Zealand’s national stadium at Eden Park tomorrow.

Fans will be part of history, seeing the tournament kick-off by becoming the most attended women’s Rugby World Cup match day ever, surpassing the 2014 World Cup finals which were recorded as a sell-out at the 20,000 capacity at Stade Jean-Bouin in France and the RWC 2017 finals day which saw 17,115 watch the Black Ferns claim their fifth World Cup title.

It will be the first time in history that Eden Park has reached capacity for a women’s sports event.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana 15s will play England at 3.45 pm tomorrow.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Nothing is impossible - Leweniqila

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 07/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s captain Sereima Leweniqila

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s captain Sereima Leweniqila says the girls are ready to take on England in their first match at the Women’s Rugby World Cup tomorrow.

She says this is new territory for them, and they believe that nothing is impossible.

Leweniqila says it has been a tremendous journey for them, and she knows the girls will give their all at the World Cup.

Leweniqila will team up with Asinate Serevi at locks, while Siteri Rasolea will make her debut for the Fijiana at prop.

The Fijiana will meet England at 3.45pm tomorrow.

Women's Rugby World Cup
DateTimeTeamTeam
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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Seruvakula names his maiden squad for England match

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 06/10/2022
Photo:Fiji Rugby Union

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named his maiden 23-member squad to face England in their debut Rugby World Cup match on Saturday.

Seruvakula has named Brumbies loosehead prop Iris Verebalavu, together with hooker Vika Matarugu and Queensland Reds tighthead prop Siteri Rasolea in the front row.

Sereima Leweniqila will captain the side and will pair up with Asinate Serevi at locks.

The backrow will include 19-year-old Netherlands-based Sulita Waisega who will start blindside flanker together with Ema Adivitaloga at openside.

Karalaini Naisea will start at number 8.

The backline will have depth with the inclusion of three sevens players.

Lavena Cavuru and Merewalesi Rokouono will start at half back and first five eight respectively while Sesenieli Donu and Raijieli Laqeretabua will provide the aggressiveness in the midfield.

Inform winger Vitalina Naikore is on the blind wing, Alowesi Nakoci on the right wing while Roela Radiniyavuni will start at fullback.

The Fijiana will take on England at 3.45pm Saturday.

Fijiana 23-member squad V England

Iris Verebalavu

Vika Maturugu

Siteri Rasolea*

Asinate Serevi

Sereima Leweniqila {c}

Sulita Waisega

Ema Adivitaloga

Karalaini Naisewa

Lavena Cavuru

Merewalesi Rokouono

Vitalina Naikore

Sesenieli Donu

Rajieli Laqeretabua

Alowesi Nakoci

Roela Radiniyavuni

Reserves

Bitila Tawake

Bulou Vasuturaga

Mereoni Vonosere

Merevesi Ofakimalino

Raijieli Daveua

Akosita Ravato

Ana Maria Roqica

Melaia Matanatabu

Women's Rugby World Cup

DateTimeTeamTeam
Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Transitioning from rugby 7s to 15s is a challenge - Nagasau

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 06/10/2022
Photo:Fiji Rugby Union

Olympic bronze medallist and Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s flanker Rusila Nagasau says transitioning from rugby 7s to 15s has been a challenge for her, however, she is grateful to be part of the first Fijian women's team to play in the Women's Rugby World Cup.

She says the girls are eager for their first game against England this Saturday and ready to play their hearts out for Fiji.

Nagasau and 6 other Fijiana 7s players have been selected to be part of the Fijiana 15s squad for World Cup in New Zealand.

The Fijiana will face England at 3.45pm Saturday.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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We are ready to match England’s physicality – Ravato

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Wednesday 05/10/2022
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s flanker Akosita Ravato [Photo: FRU]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s flanker Akosita Ravato is looking forward to making her Women’s Rugby World Cup debut against the number one ranked England side this Saturday.

Ravato who was part of the historic Fijiana Drua team that won the Super W earlier this year says the excitement is real in the Fijiana camp and they cannot wait to play England.

England is the red-hot favourite to win the Women's Rugby World Cup but many are asking the question if they are prepared for what the Fijiana are bringing.

The Fijiana will take on England at 3.45pm Saturday in the opening match of the tournament.

Women's Rugby World Cup

DateTimeTeamTeam
Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Rasolea follows dad and brothers footsteps

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 05/10/2022
(Left) Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s prop Siteri Rasolea. [Image: Fiji Rugby]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s prop Siteri Rasolea is continuing the family legacy, and wearing the white jersey is something she has always wanted while growing up.

The 27-year-old says at first, it was a tussle to pick which team to play for because she was eligible to play for the Wallaroos.

She says at the end of the day her heart has always wanted to represent her home country and her family back home.

The Fijiana 15s will take on England at 3.45 pm Saturday at Eden Park.




England might have watched our video, but they haven’t played us – Smith

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Tuesday 04/10/2022
[Photo: Fiji Rugby Union]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s Assistant Coach Greg Smith says the dry condition and unpredictability of the Fijiana will surprise the England Women’s team in their opening Women’s Rugby World Cup match this weekend.

Smith believes that England will come in with a lot of confidence but this will be a good opportunity for our girls to show what they are capable off.

The Fijiana will take on England at 3.45pm Saturday at Eden Park.




We’ve been through some tough times to be at the World Cup - Leweniqila

By Zodelle Bhan
Tuesday 04/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team was welcomed in style at the opening ceremony of the Women's Rugby World Cup at SkyCity Theatre in Auckland.

Captain Sereima Leweniqila says they are grateful to be here, and it has been a journey for them as they have been through some tough times to be at the World Cup.

England captain Sarah Hunter says they can not wait for their opening match this Saturday.

The long-awaited and highly anticipated tournament will kick off at the famous Eden Park this Saturday in front of a record-breaking crowd for a women’s match of more than 30,000 fans.

The Fijiana's first match is against England at 3.45 pm Saturday.






Fijiana grateful and excited ahead of their first Rugby World Cup match

By Naveel Krishant
Monday 03/10/2022
Photo:FRU

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s captain Sereima Leweniqila says they are both grateful and excited ahead of their first Rugby World Cup match ever.

She says since before they left for New Zealand, they have received great and ongoing support, something very new for them.

Leweniqila adds they are working on unity.

The Fijiana will play England at 3.45pm Saturday at Eden Park.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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Focus is on unity – Leweniqila

By Naveel Krishant
Monday 03/10/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

Fijiana 15’s captain Sereima Leweniqila says the focus is on unity ahead of their first World Cup match.

Leweniqila says once the players are bonded, they can play any team.

She adds they are excited and anxious about their first match against England.

Fijiana will play England at 3.45pm Saturday at Eden Park.




Women's Rugby World Cup attendance record set to be broken in New Zealand

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 01/10/2022
[Photo: Getty Image]

The record attendance for a women's Rugby World Cup match is set to be broken when the tournament begins in New Zealand next Saturday.

More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the opening match day at Eden Park, which has a capacity of 50,000.

There will be three fixtures in one day at the venue and attendance is expected to surpass the record of 20,000 set at the 2014 Rugby World Cup in France.

England play Fiji on the opening day, with hosts New Zealand also in action.

[Source: BBC]




Dream comes true for Bulou Vasuturaga in joining the Fijiana 15s for Women’s Rugby World Cup

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 29/09/2022
Bulou Vasuturaga (second from right) training with her team mates [Photo: Fiji Rugby]

It’s a dream come true for Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s player Bulou Vasuturaga to have joined the national team for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month.

She says it was challenging for her at the start because of her fitness, but through the dedication and encouragement of the coaching team, she was able to be part of the Oceania squad.

The mother of three says her children have been her main motivation as she wants to be a good role model, and she also wants to show them that anything is possible if God is by their side.

The Fijiana’s first match during the Women’s Rugby World Cup is against England at 3.45pm next Saturday, then they will play South Africa at 4.45pm on the 16th of October and take on France at 6.15pm on the 22nd of October in their final pool match.

Women's Rugby World Cup

DateTimeTeamTeam
Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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There is still time for them to improve on their defence - Rauluni

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 27/09/2022
[Photo: FRU]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Assistant Coach Mosese Rauluni says there still time for them to improve on their defence.

He says Greg Smith is working with the girls on their set pieces, and they have a lot of time to improve on their defence.

Rauluni says they will fix all the areas where they probably failed.

He adds their game against Canada has boosted the girls’ morale.

The Fijiana’s first match during the Women’s Rugby World Cup is against England at 4.35pm next Saturday, then they will play South Africa at 5.45pm on the 16th of October and take on France at 7.15pm on the 22nd of October in their final pool match.




Fijiana goes down to dominant Canadian side 24 - 7

By Alifereti Sakiasi
Friday 23/09/2022
[Photo: File]

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team was beaten by the third ranked Canadians 24 - 7 in the second Women's Test Series last night.

It was a tough first half and both teams ended the first 40 minutes of play nil-all at half time.

Canada scored seconds into the second half, leading the Fijiana 7-0.

The Fijiana hit back through Akanisi Sokoiwasa who scored after a brilliant line break, tying the match at 7-all.

Canada later extended their lead scoring 2 more tries to lead the Fijiana 17-7.

In the final minutes of play, Canada relentless in their attack crossed the tryline to score their fourth try taking their lead to 24-7 and securing the win over the Fijiana.

Women's Rugby World Cup

DateTimeTeamTeam
Final -
Sat 12 NovFull TimeNew Zealand34 - 31England
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New Fijiana documentary by World Rugby reveals the resilience and evolution of women’s rugby in Fiji

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 23/09/2022
[Photo: Fiji Rugby Union Facebook]

An in-depth documentary has been released by World Rugby on the evolution, resilience and rise of women’s rugby in Fiji.

Since women’s rugby started in Fiji in the 80s, the biggest challenge was for them to be accepted and change the mindset of local supporters towards what they call a male dominant sport in Fiji.

Fijiana flanker, 31-year Akosita Ravato who is also a mother of two boys says women’s rugby was not accepted easily in Fiji.

Asinate Serevi the daughter of sevens maestro Waisale Serevi says women have supported men’s rugby all their lives.

Serevi adds this was not reciprocated when women needed the same level of support.

Fijiana Drua captain, Bitila Tawake says she used to hide from her father about playing rugby or even getting involved with rugby.

Tawake says this narrative has changed and her dad is now her biggest supporter. Tawake also shares that there are so many resilient stories within the Fijiana team.

Meanwhile, six Fijiana 7s players have been named into the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team for the test match against the third-ranked Canada team which is a build-up to the World Cup next month.

Rusila Nagasau, Raijieli Daveua, Lavena Cavuru, Ana Maria Naimasi, Alowesi Nakoci and Sesenieli Donu, are in the matchday team.

Players such as Asinate Serevi, Vitilina Naikore, Bitila Tawake and Merevesi Ofakimalino are in the match-day team as well.

The Fijiana will face Canada at 6 tonight at the HFC Bank Stadium.





6 Fijiana 7s players named for the Fijiana 15

By Marika Rasekaseka
Friday 23/09/2022

6 Fijiana 7s players have been named into the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team for the test match against Canada which is a build up to the World Cup next month.

Rusila Nagasau, Raijieli Daveua, Lavena Cavuru, Ana Maria Naimasi, Alowesi Nakoci and Sesenieli Donu, are in the match day team.

Players such as Asinate Serevi, Vitilina Naikore, Bitila Tawake and Merevesi Ofakimalino are in the match day team as well.

The 15s team will face Canada at 6pm today at the HFC Bank Stadium.




Fijiana 7s players makes the cut for Fijiana 15s squad for World Cup in NZ

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 22/09/2022
[Photo: Fiji Rugby]

Six Fijiana 7s players who were part of the national team which won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games last year and silver medal at the Commonwealth Games have been selected in the 32-member Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s squad for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month.

They are Fijiana 7s captain Rusila Nagasau, Roela Radiniyavuni, Raijieli Daveua, Ana Maria Naimasi, Sesenieli Donu and Lavena Cavuru.

Also included in the squad is 7s speedster, Aloesi Nakoci.

The squad consists of 23 local provincial players of which 15 played for the Fijiana Drua and won the Super W Championship.

Other players included in the 32-member squad are Joma Rubuti, Bitila Tawake, Asinate Serevi, Sereima Leweniqila, Vitalina Naikore, Vika Matarugu, Kolora Lomani and Talei Wilson.

The Fijiana’s first match is against England at 4.35pm on the 8th of October, then they will play South Africa at 5.45pm on the 16th of October and take on France at 7.15pm on the 22nd of October in their final pool match.

The Fijiana 15s will play 3rd ranked Canada at 6pm tomorrow.

Women's Test Series

DateTimeTeamTeam
Fri 16 SepFull TimeFijiana 15s 32 - 10New Zealand Wahine Maori
Fri 23 SeptFull TimeFijiana 15s7 - 24Canada

Fijiana 15’s World Cup Squad:

Joma Rubuti, Bitila Tawake, Mereoni Vonosere, Asinate Serevi, Sulita Waisega, Karalaini Naisewa, Ema Adivitaloga, Sereima Leweniqila {Captain}, Ana Maria Roqica, Merewalesi Rokouono, Vitalina Naikore, Akanisi Sokoiwasa, Raijieli Laqeretabua, Ilisapeci Delaiwau, Alowesi Nakoci, Jiowana Sauto, Iris Verebalavu, Bulou Vasuturaga, Merevesi Ofakimalino, Akosita Ravato, Rusila Nagasau, Timaima Ravisa, Roela Radiniyavuni, Siteri Rasolea, Vika Matarugu, Raijieli Daveua Kolora, Lomani Melaia Matanatabu, Ana Maria Naimasi, Talei Wilson, Sesenieli Donu, Lavena Cavuru 

Management:

Senirusi Seruvakula Head Coach, Asaeli Tikoirotuma Backs Coach, Greg Smith Scrums Coach, Inoke Male Line-Out Coach, Mosese Rauluni Defence Coach, Jeniffer Khalik Team Physio, Isimeli Naulumatua Assistant Physio, Dr Jone Nasome Team Doctor, Tikiko Namaua Team Trainer, Sanaila Vitau Assistant Trainer, Vashneel Prasad Media Manager, Josua Vuto Video Analyst, Talei Mow Team Manager.




Canada aims for dominant performance against the Fijiana

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Wednesday 21/09/2022
[Photo: Fiji Rugby]

The Canadian Women’s Rugby team is aiming for a dominant performance ahead of their warm up match against the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team this Friday.

Canada Head Coach Kevin Rouet says this match is an important part of their Rugby World Cup preparations.

Rouet adds that the squad, coaches and staff are all looking forward for the World Cup in New Zealand and this stop in Fiji will provide them an important opportunity to put their plans into practice.

The Fijiana will host Canada at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.




Seruvakula to test more Fijiana 7s players this week

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 21/09/2022
[Photo: File]

Expect more Fijiana 7s players in the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s side when they play Canada in their second test match this Friday.

This is in preparation for the Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month.

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula had earlier highlighted that 8 Fijiana 7s players for the World Cup will join the team and last week, speedster Aloesi Nakoci scored a try in their 32-10 victory over New Zealand Wahine Maori.

Seruvakula was impressed with Nakoci's performance in last week's match and stated he would want to see more from her and the other girls this week.

He says all the 32 players will have the chance to prove themselves before selection for the World Cup next month.

Fijiana will meet Canada at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.

Women's Test Series
DateTimeTeamTeam
Fri 16 SepFull TimeFijiana 15s 32 - 10New Zealand Wahine Maori
Fri 23 SeptFull TimeFijiana 15s7 - 24Canada



Fijiana get tips from former referee Alain Rolland ahead of Canada clash

By Mansi Chand
Tuesday 20/09/2022
Former international referee, Alain Rolland overseeing the Fijiana 15s players during their training session today.

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s players got some useful tips from former international referee, Alain Rolland as they get ready for their clash against the third ranked Canadian side in Suva on Friday.

Fijiana lock, Asinate Serevi says they are paying attention to Rolland's advice on catches, passing, and connecting as a team in order to have a dominant finish.

This technical assistance will help to minimize penalties during the game.

Rolland says the team is enthusiastic.

He says the work he does with World Rugby is to make the team understand the laws from the referee’s point of view and also to make the girls understand not to be the target of the referee.

Rolland says the team is responding well to the advice given.

He says he will also monitor the Fijiana’s previous games to guide them accordingly.

Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula says they will focus on their set pieces and scrums as the Canadian girls will be rugged as they are third-ranked in the world, which makes the game significant for them.

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s will take on Canada at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.




A lot of lessons learned from their match against NZ Wahine Maori - Seruvakula

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Saturday 17/09/2022
Photo:FRU

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s coach Senirusi Seruvakula says they have a lot of lessons to learn after their 32-10 win against the New Zealand Wahine Maori side last night.

He says it is good they have some quality games but they cannot afford to be having a lot of errors.

Seruvakula says they have to lift their skill level and they will be working on their set-pieces in preparation for the Canada match.

The Fijiana's next match is against Canada at 6pm on Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.

This is part of the Fijiana's build-up to next month's Women's Rugby World Cup.

Women's Test Series

DateTimeTeamTeam
Fri 16 SepFull TimeFijiana 15s 32 - 10New Zealand Wahine Maori
Fri 23 SeptFull TimeFijiana 15s7 - 24Canada




Fijiana 15s beat NZ Wahine Maori 32-10

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 16/09/2022

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s defeated New Zealand Wahine Maori 32-10.

Speedster Vitalina Naikore scored a hat trick while Joma Rabuli, Aloesi Nakoci and Roela Radiniyavuni scored a try each.

Radiniyavuni was also shown a yellow card for a high tackle.

Fiji's defence stood tall as New Zealand Wahine's only tries came in the first half from Merenia Paraone and Chyna Hoepa.

The Fijiana's next match is against Canada at 6pm next Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.

This is part of the Fijiana's build up to next month's Women's Rugby World Cup.

Women's Test Series

DateTimeTeamTeam
Fri 16 SepFull TimeFijiana 15s 32 - 10New Zealand Wahine Maori
Fri 23 SeptFull TimeFijiana 15s7 - 24Canada




Fijiana 15s expecting a physical encounter against NZ Wahine tonight

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 16/09/2022
[Image: Fiji Rugby]

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s are expecting a physical match when they play the New Zealand Wahine Maori at the HFC Bank Stadium tonight.

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the New Zealand side will be a tough team, as majority of their players have just finished playing in their local competition.

He says they will be coming with all guns blazing, but for them, they will need to be simple and execute their game plan well.

Seruvakula says they have named six forwards and two backs in the reserves mainly because they know they will be fronting some big girls so they will need to keep up with the momentum in the second half when their bodies get tired.

He adds this first match is to look at the combination of these girls and secondly to see what these girls can bring to the game before the final selection for the Rugby World Cup.

The Fijiana 15s will meet the New Zealand Wahine Maori at 6pm today.

The Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed that admission will be free for the games.




I did not realise the rewards or where I would end up until I saw the trophy - Leweniqila

By Alipate Narawa
Wednesday 14/09/2022

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Captain Sereima Leweniqila says after almost a decade of playing she did not realise what the rewards were or where she would end up in until the night that she saw the World Cup Trophy.

Fijiana Coach, Senirusi Seruvakula says the girls are physically and mentally ready for their game against the NZ Maori on Friday.

Leweniqila says there are a couple of things that they have learnt from the Super W competition in terms of the game, things to do on and off the field as well as the importance of team bonding.

He says they have already had two sessions at the sand dunes over the last two weeks as well as one at the Naval Base in Togalevu.

Seruvakula says they are looking at the physicality, if they can match the New Zealand Maori Wahine because of the teams that they will be playing in the World Cup.

He says the Fijiana 7s players get in this afternoon and they march into camp tomorrow to prepare for the game against Canada next week.

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana will play the New Zealand Wahine Maori at 6pm this Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.




Seruvakula names experienced squad to face NZ Wahine Maori

By Alipate Narawa, Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 14/09/2022
[Photo: File]

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named an exciting 23-member squad that will play New Zealand Wahine Maori at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.

Joma Rabuti, Mereoni Vonosere and Bitila Tawake make up the front row.

Asinate Serevi and Sulita Waisega will partner at locks, Karalaini Naisewa and Ema Adivitaloga will start at flankers, while Sereima Leweniqila will be at number 8.

Former Fijiana 7s halfback Ana Maria Roqica returns to her favoured number nine jersey and will share the halves position with Merewalesi Rokouono.

Speedster Vitalina Naikore will be on the left wing while Ilisapeci Delaiwau who made her debut in the Oceania Championship is at right-wing.

Vani Arei and Talei Wilson will control the play from midfield while Roela Radiniyavuni will be at fullback.

Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s Team V New Zealand Wahine Maori

1. Joma Rabuti 2. Bitila Tawake 3. Mereoni Vonosere 4. Asinate Serevi 5. Sulita Waisega 6. Karalaini Naisewa 7. Ema Adivitaloga 8. Sereima Leweniqila 9. Ana Maria Roqica 10. Merewalesi Rokouono 11. Vitalina Naikore 12. Vani Arei 13. Talei Wilson 14. Ilisapeci Delaiwau 15. Roela Radiniyavuni Reserves 16. Jiowana Sauto 17. Iris Verebalavu 18. Bulou Vasuturaga 19. Merevesi Ofakimalino 20. Akosita Ravato 21. Fulori Nabura 22. Timaima Ravisa 23. Kolora Lomani




Leave all the pressure with us, go as a rugby player – Ratu Wiliame

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Wednesday 14/09/2022
Photo:Fijian Government

President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has reminded the Fijiana 15’s players to leave all the pressure in Fiji before they fly out to New Zealand for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Ratu Wiliame received the team’s i-Tatau yesterday along with the presentation of the Women’s Cup Trophy Tour at the State House.

The President wished the Fijiana well on behalf of the nation.

The Fijiana is pooled with France, South Africa and England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup that will begin from October 8th.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana 15’s side will face the Wahine Maori at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium as part of their build-up to the World Cup.




Test matches with high ranked teams will boost the Fijiana 15s preparation towards the World Cup - Rauluni

By Marika Rasekaseka
Tuesday 13/09/2022
[Photo: File]

The Fijiana 15s are working on their physicality and in the process of ironing their game structure to better their performance in the two warm-up matches against Canada and the New Zealand Maori team.

Assistant Coach Mosese Rauluni says they are looking forward to the two test matches to boost their preparations for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The former Flying Fijians half-back says they need to identify where they stand when they face the New Zealand Maori and Canada.

Rauluni says he loves the attitude of the girls in the team and is also happy to train the Fijiana players who showed guts during the training.

The Fijiana 15s team will take on the Wahine Maori at 6pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium.




8 Fijiana 7s players to join Fijiana 15s in preparation for Rugby World Cup

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 06/09/2022
[Photo: World Rugby]

Eight Fijiana 7s players from the Rugby 7s World Cup squad will be joining the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s camp next week in preparation for the Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month.

This was confirmed by Fijiana coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

He says the 7s players have shown their interest to play for the 15s team, however, they will still have to fight for their spot in the squad.

The 8 players are Rusila Nagasau, Reapi Uluinasau, Vasiti Solikoviti, Ana Maria Naimasi, Sesenieli Donu, Verenaisi Bari, Lavena Cavuru and Aloesi Nakoci.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana 15s side thrashed the Army Women's side 47-0 in a warm-up match at Albert Park today.

The Women's Rugby World Cup will be held from 8th October to 12th November.




Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s to play two historic RWC build-up test matches

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 06/09/2022
Photo:Pitas Pictures

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s will play two historic Rugby World Cup build-up test matches as they will host the Wahine Maori 15s and Canada in Suva.

Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named a strong 32-member extended squad for the two test matches.

Seruvakula has included a few players who were impressive during the Oceania Championship earlier this year.

Players such as Bitila Tawake, Jade Coates, Sereima Leweniqila, Reijieli Laqeretabua and Roela Radiniyavuni will guide the pack. The Fijiana plays New Zealand’s Wahine Maori side next Friday and then meets Canada a week later on Friday the 23rd of September.

Both matches kick off at 6pm and will be played at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

FRU Acting Chief Executive Sale Sorovaki says it's indeed a milestone for the union to host two high-profile teams in Fiji.

Sorovaki says they have not played any international test matches here at home and to get Wahine Maori and Canada, is just setting up another level when it comes to women’s rugby.

With World Rugby’s initiative of dedicating the month of September to Women’s Rugby, these two matches are vital in promoting the women’s game in Fiji, and most importantly, give our Fijiana team the much-needed game time it needs leading up to our first ever participation in the Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.

Sorovaki says it is also a great opportunity for the fans who are raring to see our Fijiana girls play at home to come down and support the Fijiana 15s which will be flying our flag for the first time at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Ticket prices and other details will be released in due course.

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s 32-member extended squad:

Hookers

Vika Matarugu

Jiowana Sauto

Bitila Tawake

Props

Iris Verebalavu

Mereoni Namositava

Vuanimasei Rasolea

Joma Sera

Bulou Vasuturaga

Tiana Robanakadavu

Locks

Asinate Serevi

Sulita Waisega

Jade Coates

Laisa Taga

Merevesi Ofakimalino

Flankers

Sereima Leweniqila

Karalaini Naisewa

Akosita Ravato

Ema Adivitaloga

Fulori Nabura

Halfback

Ana Maria Roqica

Evivi Senikarivi

Flyhalf

Merewalesi Rokouono

Kolora Lomani

Center

Raijieli Laqeretabua

Vani Arei

Mela Matanatabu

Wings

Vitalina Naikore

Ilisapeci Delaiwau

Akasnisi Sokoiwasa

Talei Wilson

Fullbacks

Roela Radiniyavuni

Timaima Ravisa




Fijiana 15s tastes the tough terrain in preparation for the 2021 Rugby World Cup

By Krishneel Nair
Thursday 01/09/2022
Photo:Fiji Rugby Union

In preparation for the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month, the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s are putting their body to a tough test.

The women are crossing tough terrains, breaking all barriers and are not leaving any stones unturned.

Yesterday, they had a gruelling session at the Naval Base in Togalevu.

The Fijiana are pooled with England, France and South Africa in Pool C.

They will take on England on Saturday 8th October at Eden Park at 3.45pm.





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