Thursday, 2 August 2012 12:11 PM

Solomon Islands face Australia in Opener

The Solomon Islands women's rugby team will face the toughest tournament opener at the Oceania Championship in Lautoka this weekend.

They take on World Women's 7s champs Australia on Friday at 12.22pm and as first-timers to the sport, coach Jim Seuika says they will try to do their best.

"We respect that Australia is the champions. This team is very young and its only two years since women started playing rugby sevens and what is important for us is actually participating in this tournament and exposing these girls."

Team Solomon Islands is expected to be an aggressive side with the core of the team made up of rugby league players from Honiara.

Their second match is against Samoa then Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, Fiji's first match is against the Cook Islands on Friday at 12.44pm followed by Tonga at 2.26pm then New Zealand at 4.30pm.