The team of 12 players and two team officials left yesterday.
The squad was finalized by the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF).
The final twelve players are; Nester Pitabelama, Suzie Seuika, Betty Kafoa, Margaret Pisu, Ethel Kere, Prudence Fula (captain), Margaret Taetonu, Hazilyn Sade, Emele Delaiverata, Priscilla Tariga, Joycelyn Taurikeni, and Everlyn Asibara. Team Manager is Anna Manuopangai and Team Coach is Jim Seuika.
These women have been chosen from the Honiara run women’s league and the championship will provide opportunities for them to showcase their talent.
The team will play their pool matches this Friday against Australia who are their first pool opponent, followed by Samoa later that day and will wrap up their first day of competition against neighbors Papua New Guinea.
The squad is the first national women’s rugby seven’s team to represent the Solomon Islands in any competition abroad as well as the first time for Solomon Islands to take part in the Oceania women’s rugby sevens championship.
The Oceania Women's Sevens Championship runs on August 3 and 4 and will serve as a Rugby World Cup 2013 qualifier for the Pacific nations taking part.
New Zealand and Australia are participating in the tournament, but have already qualified.
The top three placed teams at this Tournament will qualify directly for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.
The top team from the tournament aside from Australia and New Zealand will qualify for the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) regional qualifier in Pune, India, in October.
The tournament will also be the regional qualifier for the Asia-Pacific Women’s Sevens Championship to be held in Borneo in September.
The top three teams will join defending champions Papua New Guinea in Borneo.
By Carlos Aruafu
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