5 Dec 2016

Sport: Fijiana 15s feeling prepared for World Cup final push

12:19 pm on 5 December 2016

The Fiji women's rugby team have touched down in Hong Kong as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time.

The Fijiana 15s defeated Papua New Guinea 37-10 in Suva last month, to take out the inaugural Oceania Women's Championship.

That result earned them a place at the final qualifying tournament against Japan and Hong Kong, where the top two teams will advance to next year's World Cup in Ireland.

The Fijiana 15s celebrate winning the Oceania Women's Championship.

The Fijiana 15s celebrate winning the Oceania Women's Championship. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Coach Seremaia Bai paid special thanks to his coaching staff, who looked after the players while he was on the Flying Fijians end of season tour.

"We've been in contact every day when I was in Europe and coming back and to see them in terms of their growing and understanding of their games and the knowledge in their roles and physical conditioning for the girls," he said.

"I'm really pleased with the way they've been assisting for the past two weeks."

Seremiaia Bai said the Fijiana have been working hard on their fitness as Hong Kong and Japan like to play the game at pace.

"First and foremost we need to get fitter. We were pleased where we were at with PNG but we need to get fitter to compete going into the World Cup if we want to qualify," he said.

"We just need to be in terms of awareness and understanding of our gameplan - at times I think we lack concentration but some parts of our games are really positive...we need to be beyond the goal for 80 minutes."

Fiji's first match is against Hong Kong on Friday.