Vanuatu women rugby sevens captain Rachelle is determined to put up a great performance as they participate in the 2019 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today.
This would be Vanuatu women first participation at the games and skipper believes they have prepared well for the tournament.
" The girls have been training hard and prepared well and are ready to play at the championship for the first time," she said.
" We will put out our best effort and play for our country and make our country proud."
The 17 year old plays at rover position and is a student at Malapua College.
She started with rugby league and switch code last year.
" I had interest in rugby union so i decided to change code."
She is proudly from Ambae island and have maternal links to Fiji where her mum is from the province of Kadavu in Fiji. The Fiji link will make the captain to feel at home when her families and relatives will gather at the ANZ Stadium and cheer her on today.
" My families in Fiji knows about me coming to play and they will come and support me."
Vanuatu is in pool B alongside Fijiana,Solomon Island and Nauru. They take on host Fiji in their opener at 4:14pm today and play Solomon Islands tomorrow at 3:52pm.
Oceania Rugby Women’s Director to the World Rugby Council Cathy Wong has acknowledged and appreciate the participation of the Vanuatu women’s 7s team at the tourney.
“This year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens has a record number of women’s teams and we are excited about Vanuatu who will field an International Women’s Rugby team for the very first time in its sporting history.
“The championships continues to provide pathways for women in the region to play rugby, with Oceania Rugby and World Rugby experiencing a surge in women taking up the game as seen with Pacific nations fielding for the first time in sporting histories Women’s International Rugby teams including Solomon Islands in 2017, Nauru in 2018 and Vanuatu in 2019,” Ms Wong said.