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U20 search starts

Arin Kumar
Monday, December 16, 2013

MORE than 100 players attended the two under-20 rugby talent identification processes held last week to kick-start Fiji's preparations for next year's Junior World Championships.

The first was held on Monday in Suva and the second at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Tuesday.

Former national rep Paula Biu who oversaw the process with the assistance of Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou and Nadi coach Iliesa Tanivula respectively said the process was to identify the players' skills, rugby knowledge and fitness level.

"The number of players that attended the two days program, reflected their interest to be part of the final squad to next year's tournament," he said.

He said the next tests would be on January 3 for the Western players and January 4 for the Eastern players but had advised players to continue training.

"We want them to follow the training programs and improve their results from the first test.

"We will trim the training squad down to 40-member squad."

Biu said after they selected their 40, they would need to work on fitness, strength and power and on the basic skills of rugby.

"We humbly request for the player's parents/guardian support in assisting/supervising their sons who are now in the extended training squad to achieve their dreams to be part of the Fiji U20's 30-member final squad to the IRB JWC in New Zealand in June next year."