THE Fiji under-18 side on tour of Australia should be retained for the next Junior World Championships.
That is the view of the team manager Lionel Danford after the side recorded a 22-20 win over the New Zealand Schoolboys on Friday.
While the national under-20 side has not performed to expectations during the two previous Junior World Championship, Danford believes his side has the material to do a better job.
"I cannot comment on the past teams but what I can say is that if we look to the future, then we have the boys right here," he said.
"We have beaten the New Zealand Schoolboys and we made history. We proved that it is possible to beat a New Zealand side."
He said if the same team, management and coaching staff were retained and worked with the Fiji Rugby Union, they could become a successful side.
"We just need to keep the boys together and if possible the management and coaching staff.
"This is because, we have played together and we have all jelled to become one functioning unit.
"All we need would be the right guidance and even better training and we can beat this same New Zealand side because they will be ones at the next Junior World Championships."
Danford said another factor that contributed towards the win was the presence of ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight.
"He is one of those players who has come through the age grade competition in Fiji and is now knocking on the door for Wallabies selection.
"The boys were really happy to see Speight and his words inspired the players in the match against New Zealand.
"He just told the players to play with all their heart because playing against the New Zealand Schoolboys is a huge task."
The side will now face the Australian Schoolboys tomorrow.