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Rokoura talks about 2015
World Cup preparations
By MERE NALEBA
The national netball team are keeping their fingers crossed after three of their experienced players failed to recover from injuries.
Captain Mere Rabuka-Qovu, veteran defender Matila Waqanidrola and goal shooter, Taraima Mitchell were yesterday advised to take a rest.
National netball coach Unaisi Rokoura said she has confident that the players would recover in time for the test series against Singapore on Friday and Saturday.
“We have a few minor injuries,” she said.
“Just blisters and those niggling injuries, Mere is away but should be back to join us soon. Taraima is sitting out nursing blisters on her toes. All the players should be ready on game day.”
She said the two test matches against Singapore would help prepare the team as they defend the Nations Cup in December.
In this year’s Nations Cup, Fiji will face Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Singapore, who are going to be the hosts.
“This is also part of our build- up for the World Cup in 2015. Soon after these test matches the players will go on a break and will return to their clubs for the national competition.
“We will regroup after that for the Singapore tour. Our programme is going to be like that for now,” Rokoura said.
She said if the injured players did not recover on time, then young players would be given a chance to showcase their skills against Singapore at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on Friday.
“This is a good sign that there are a lot of top teams that want to play Fiji, so the more international games we have the more exposure the players will get before December and the 2015 World Cup,” Rokoura added.
She pointed out that the recent Pacific Netball Series win is now forgotten as they strive to get 100 per cent accuracy in their shooting, attacking and defending.