Taylor hails 7s tourney

Fijiana winger Younus Bese flicks the ball back against Australia in the Mini International Womens Sevens at Albert park yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

More tournaments such as the Fiji Airways Mini International Women’s Tournament held over the weekend at Albert Park should take place, Australia women’s 7s head coach Reg Taylor says.

The Australia side has been in the country for the past two weeks and competed at the tournament alongside Fiji, New Zealand, and France.

“This is probably the first time there is a mini tournament like this, and I think we should have more tournaments like this because it benefits all teams taking part,” he said.

“It allows teams to come here and put their players to the test against top teams and gauge our performances.”

During the two-day tournament, Taylor said his players had been able to point out areas they needed to work on as they prepare for the World Rugby Series next year.

“It’s just awesome coming here and playing against some of the best teams in the world, because it allowed us to point out our weaknesses and areas we need to work on.

“Playing against teams like New Zealand and Fiji has been very exciting and educational.”

Competing with a young squad, Taylor said he was happy with the way his team performed and praised them for their efforts.

“They did very well though they recorded a few losses. “But this tournament is all about development, and we had a lot of that here.”

The second leg of the tournament is scheduled to be held at Churchill Park in Lautoka next weekend.

“We are excited for the next leg of the tournament, and we will just be going over areas we need to improve before this weekend.”

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