THE Canberra Raiders junior development squad is in the country for a week-long training camp.
The squad arrived yesterday and is based at the Pacific Sports Academy in Nadi.
During their stay, players will train under the guidance of the Canberra Raiders high performance and recruitment manager Dave Hamilton.
Traditionally this camp is conducted by the Raiders at the Runaway Bay Sporting Complex in Queensland each year.
After negotiations between the Raiders and the Pacific Sports Academy general manager, Stephen McLellan, a package was put to the Raiders which they accepted.
McLellan said with the facilities, the favourable exchange rate and the opportunity to witness the abundance of talent available at the Pacific Sports Academy, it was an easy decision in the end for the Raiders to make.
"This is an opportunity to showcase the talents that is at the Pacific Sports Academy in the games and it will give the players a chance to push their credentials in front of the Raiders recruitment manager," McLellan said.
"The players have been in a 10-month development program undertaking theory subjects including hydration, nutrition, injury prevention and management, sports psychology and strength and conditioning programs coupled with the skill sessions.
"The two games with the Raiders is the culmination of the program. The result of the games will be irrelevant as the main aim is that we want to see the improvement in the players and for them to put into practice what they have learnt in the program.
"The academy staff are under no illusions of the task ahead considering that a number of the players have never played rugby league before."
The Raiders unit will fly back on October 1.