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Junior ruggers to get more game time before JWC

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE Fiji under-20 rugby side will need to lift its preparation as the Junior World Championship draws nearer.

Yesterday, the team management assessed the performance of the side after a 45-0 victory over the New Caledonia national team at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour.

Assistant coach Bill Gadolo said they were grateful for the opportunity to face the New Caledonia team that was preparing for the Oceania playoffs.

"This is our first game together and there were a lot of positives from it," he said.

"Now we know what things to work on as we prepare for the JWC. It was a good test for boys but unfortunately it was slippery. "

The former national hooker said they needed more games in the future to test the players. The Nadroga and Suva Rugby Unions have agreed to assist the team.

"We will have more games like in the future, Nadroga and Suva have told us that they will assist us by playing friendly games with us," he said.

Gadolo and head coach Sale Sorovaki selected only 25 players from their 40-member squad to feature in yesterday's game.

"This is a handful of players from our squad. These games will help us trim the squad down," Gadolo added.