Former All Blacks sevens player Rocky Khan, coaches the Moana Pasifika this weekend against the formidable Black Ferns teams.
To help out the New Zealand women’s rugby Sevens team in their preparation for the Olympic games New Zealand Rugby has organized a mini tournament within them selves diving the Black Ferns and adding the Moana Pasifika to the line up.
Khan is the first Fijian of Indian descent to represent the New Zealand All Blacks Sevens squad, he co -coach the Moana Pasifika women’s team that played in Takiwhitu Tuturu rugby sevens tournament in Wellington this weekend. The Black Ferns went onto social media to share their experience and updates about the tournament on their social media pages.
Great to see the legends back on the field with big smiles on their faces as they play their first rugby match since the pandemic.
Khan’s squad includes players with links to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, reported RNZ.
“There are not many Rotumans around and it’s pretty cool that we see Rotumans, the cultures being out there is a bit more and being able to represent that,” Khan said in an interview.
“The girls being real proud of where they come from and being able to represent their families as well. It’s a pretty awesome opportunity to be a part of.”
Tysha Ikenasio the co-captain said it meant a lot to represent their Pacific Island heritage this weekend.
“We all have a strong passion for where we’ve come from. We all came from ancestors and people in the past that we all represent our own upbringings and families, so everyone holds that strong same passion,” she said.
Moana Pasifika competed against two Black Ferns Sevens squads and a selection of the black ferns XV’s side also helping out their sisters from the smaller format. The men’s teams also had games, and will conclude the finals today it the Sky Stadium.