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Olympics inspires NZ women ruggers

August 1, 2012 5:02 am

New Zealand women’s sevens rugby captain, Huriana Manuel and her team are using the London Olympic Games to get inspiration for Oceania Championship in Lautoka on Friday.

The London Games is a constant reminder of the goal ahead as rugby 7s gets set to join the Olympics program in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Teams from NZ, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Australia arrived in Nadi today.

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Manuel has been with the Black Ferns since 2005 and is excited to be playing at Churchill Park this weekend.

The squad includes former Northern Mystics netball players Kayla McAlister and Portia Woodman.

The Kiwis first match is against Tonga at 1.06pm on Friday followed by the Cook Islands at 2.48pm then the big one against hosts, Fijiana at 4.30pm.

The Olympics is the ultimate and the eight women’s teams competing this weekend will be eager to win, to be a part of the Games.

Live commentaries of Fiji’s games will air on Radio Fiji One with the voice of rugby, Graham Eden.

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