FLYING Fijians coach Inoke Male is confident the front row will grasp the new scrum laws before they depart for the Europe Tour at the end of this month.
He said the local players would depart the country on October 26 for France where they join the overseas-based reps in Perpignan, France.
Yesterday, 13 of the 17 local players took part in their first training session at the Nasova grounds in Suva.
The front row was taught the basics of the new scrum laws used in the ITM Cup competition — the provincial competition in New Zealand and in the different competitions in Europe.
"We are trying our best to get the players to adapt to the new scrum laws before we depart.
"Last year, it was something that really affected our scrums and we were really pushed around a lot.
"But this time we hope to get our boys ready and we want to get used to it before we face Portugal in our first game."
Meanwhile, Male said Levani Botia and Iliesa Salusalu were excused from the session because they were competing in the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium. "I expect them to be at the training session next Saturday," he said.
The 17 local players selected for the Europe Tour:
Setefano Somoca, Manasa Saulo, Peni Ravai, Waisea Daveta, Viliame Veikoso, Seremaia Naureure, Jo Dakuitoga, Savenaca Tabakanalagi, Nemani Nagusa, James Brown, Leone Nakarawa, Aporosa Kenatale, Henry Seniloli, Waisea Luveniyali, Levani Botia, Iliesa Salusalu and Isoa Donaldson.