THE Fiji under-20 side remains positive despite being drawn into a tough pool for the Junior Rugby World Cup (JWC) next year.
The Baby Flying Fijians will face powerhouses New Zealand, Ireland and Australia in Pool B of the International Rugby Board-sanctioned tournament to be held from June 5 to 23 in France.
Coach Sale Sorovaki said the national side would face a tough test against its opponents but remained optimistic of an improved performance next year.
Fiji finished on 11th place this year which was a far cry from the sixth place finish last year.
"The only thing we can do now is to prepare well because it doesn't get any easy there. Fiji is in the hardest pool," Sorovaki said.
The 25-member Fiji U20 squad had a two-day camp a week ago and Sorovaki hinted early preparation was the way to go to get ready for the tournament.
He said with the competition level close at junior level, the national team had chances of creating upsets at the JWC. Sorovaki said they needed to maintain the positive attitude despite the 'tough' pool they were in.
"At this stage competition can be close. We are in similar situation as the other teams. The players from other countries are also trying to secure contracts like our players," he said.
"Regardless of the tough pool, we need to remain positive and focus hard on the task ahead."
Sorovaki said the side would have another fitness test on November 24.
In Pool A, hosts France will face defending champions South Africa, England and USA while Wales head Pool C which also includes Argentina, Scotland and Samoa.