Being part of the Fijiana XVs squad at the RWC2021 which starts next Saturday in Auckland has been challenging yet rewarding for front-rower Bulou Vasuturaga.
After having caught the eye when she ran out for Police in local competitions, Vasuturaga forced her way into the squad which she admits was a trying experience, but one she pushed her way through to inspire her three children.
“Starting out, I wasn’t really physically fit. But with the encouragement of the coaches, I was able to be part of the team to Oceania,” Ms. Vasuturaga said.
“It is a dream come true to be part of the World Cup journey, with this bunch of strong girls. It’s for my kids. I want to be a good role model and show them that anything is possible if you have God with you.
“To be a motivation to my kids is a real blessing.”
When asked about Fiji’s chances in the tournament given their first outing, Ms Vasuturaga was optimistic.
“Even though it’s a small island, with the help of our amazing coaches and the dedication of the girls in and out of the field we should really give them [other teams] a good [run].”
Ms Vasuturaga has picked up three caps since making her debut.
Team mate and hooker Vika Matarugu, whose performance in the Super W campaign reportedly prompted boys back in her village in Nakusa near Udu Point in the provice of Macuata, shared the same sentiments.
“The journey to the RWC has not been easy, but it has also been an enjoyable experience for me. We are looking forward to our first game against England.”
Boasting seven caps, Ms Matarugu is one of the senior players in the Fijiana squad who has been part of the national XVs fold through the Super W campaign, and the Oceania Championship.
Front row, one of the senior players in the Fijiana squad with 7 caps. She has been part of the Super W squad, Oceania Championship and World Cup.
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Photo: Ms Vasuturaga (front far left) with her Fijiana XVs team mates following a training session in New Zealand ahead of the start of the RWC2021 next week