31 Oct 2016

Sport: Fijiana 7s team keen to emulate men's success

12:40 pm on 31 October 2016

The Fiji women's sevens team are looking to their male counterparts as inspiration as they plan to move their way up the global pecking order.

The Fijiana finished eighth at the Rio Olympics in August, prior to the men's historic golden run.

Head coach Iliesa Tanivula said he had noticed a surge of interest in the women's game following the Olympic campaign.

He said with an experienced core and some new young talent he believes the Fiji women's team are ready to take a big step forward in their third World Series campaign.

"The boys did the magic (at the Olympics) and for the girls it's something they've got to try and get up to - they're a benchmark at the moment for us - and it's

something we've got to keep working at and I'm excited for the World Series coming up," he said.

"We finished in the last World Series eighth - same as the Olympics - and it's an opportunity for us to try and improve on that and the girls know that so we've just got to get our act together and hopefully get it right come the World Series."

The Fiji women will be defending their Oceania Sevens title in Suva next weekend, while the World Series kicks of in Dubai at the start of December.

"We're looking forward to it with our neighbours Australia coming over," he said.

"They're the Olympic champions and have set the benchmark for women's (sevens) rugby and it's something we really look forward to come the Oceanias but unlucky that New Zealand (have chosen not to) come."

Fiji finished eight at the Rio Olympics.

Fiji finished eight at the Rio Olympics. Photo: World Rugby