Monday 8th February, 2016
Some athletes endure years of training just to don national colours, while some are just born with a God given talent that just makes them natural selection material.
28-year-old Rusila Nagasau is one such talented athlete who after just a game was chosen to represent Fiji in not one but two national sports.
But she is not one to take her talent for granted and is constantly training to better her skill set every day.
“There are other young girls out there trying to make the team to the Olympics in Rio, so the talent is amazing,” she said.
“This will only allow us to be better and to push to retain our spot which is good competition.”
But like many of the girls in Team Fijiana, rugby was not her first choice.
“I was actually introduced first into soccer when my best friend’s sister’s husband saw us playing one day,” Rusila said.
This best friend’s sister’s husband just happened to be Ravuama Madigi a former stalwart in the Fiji Football Team.
“So I trained for a day and played in one tournament before I was chosen to be a part of the national team in 2006,” she said.
“It was only a year later that I took up rugby in what was just a stroke of good luck.”
Rusila said a friend and her were on their way to the Grammar grounds where a 15’s match was going on.
“While watching a friend invited me to play and so I took up the chance to play even though I didn’t know the rules.
“Marist Seahawks coach Elenoa Kunatuba spotted me and asked me to join their team and after that the rest is history,” said Rusila.
She was chosen to be part of the Fijiana team that took part in the Pacific Cup in 2007 a year after taking up the sport of soccer.
Rusila said she was successful in her playing career because she always had the support of her parents and four elder siblings.
“Being the youngest my parents and siblings were not too fond of me taking up rugby but as time went by, they have been very supportive,” she said.
Rusila’s cousin Ana Maria Roqica is the current captain of Team Fijiana.
“My aim right now is to make Rio 2016 and also the women’s world cup tournament which will also happen this year,” she said.
“And with the right attitude and team I am sure we can shock the world of Womens Rugby.”
Last Modified on 05/07/2016 10:01