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Test for the Warriors

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

FIJI Warriors coach Lance Whippy believes the Pacific Rugby Cup will provide local players the challenge they need to become Flying Fijians.

The Warriors will play matches against Reds A, Force A, Junior Japan and the Argentina Pampas XV in the competition in Australia.

Whippy said the tournament would be a huge task for the players in the squad but he believes they will step up the challenge.

"We have a good mix of young local talent in the squad and they all have an opportunity to represent Fiji at the Rugby World Cup next year," he said.

"The PRC is where the national selectors will keep an eye out for outstanding players and so the challenge for these players is to show the selectors what they have to offer."

Whippy said while the task of playing and beating Australian academy teams on their own ground looks daunting, it was not impossible.

"I have faith in these players to do what is required of them on the field.

"Preparation and training has been up to standard — we identified our weaknesses and improved on them.

Whippy said their biggest challenge would come from the Argentina Pampas XV team.

"They provide us something new — a new challenge — and it's something they (Fiji Warriors players) have always looked forward to.

"It's a challenge for the local players and the need to get in the right frame of mind and step up to the mark."

The Warriors depart the country on Thursday.

They play their first match on March 2 against the Reds A and face the Force A side on March 10.

On March 18, the Warriors will play the Junior Japan and then the Argentina Pampas XV on March 23.

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