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'Lack of big players'

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, December 21, 2012

FIJI under-20 coach Sale Sorovaki says the national squad lacks 'big players' as their hunt for a formidable side to the 2013 Junior Rugby World Cup in France continues.

Last week, the extended squad met for their fourth camp and Sorovaki was happy with the progress made by the players.

He said the focus remained on improving the individual skills of the players.

"About 40 players turned up for the camp. We had sessions on patterns of play and focused mostly on the individual skills of the players," Sorovaki said.

"We identified there is a lack of big players in the team and we are working on areas where we can capitalise on."

Sorovaki said while the door was still open for interested players to join the squad, they had to prove themselves to earn their spot in the team. He said they had conducted two trials and fitness tests and were working on cutting the team number down to a manageable size.

"While the door is still open, those players interested in joining the team need to show us something special to earn their spot," the former Flying Fijian said.

"We will have another fitness test on January 11 where we are looking to trim the team number down."

Sorovaki said he was expecting the full squad to attend the upcoming beep test. He added their thoughts were with those players who were affected by the recent Tropical Cyclone Evan which left most part of the country battered.