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Warriors out to defend title

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, March 06, 2014

THE Telecom Fiji Warriors team is leaving no stone unturned as the side chases its first win in the 2014 Pacific Rugby Cup competition in Australia.

The Lance Whippy-coached side succumbed to Reds A 19-22 in its opening pool match on Sunday at the Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.

The Warriors will take on Pool A leader's Force A on Monday next week.

Team manager Joseph Browne said the side had been undergoing intensive training in a bid to get their title defence campaign back on track.

He said Aminiasi Ucutabua, who suffered a bruised rib in the opening match, had been cleared to play against Force A.

"We also have the player, who was allowed bereavement leave, training with us," Browne said.

"The team trains in the morning and afternoon which include intensive blowout sessions and recovery in the pool."

Browne said they had sought help from a former Scottish player who had been helping the team in its skills drill.

"He is the son of our liaison officer John Gilmore and has been playing in Scotland. He is helping the players improve on their skills.

"We have been also getting support from the Australian Rugby Union, the IRB and the Fijians living here who are ensuring our basic necessities like accommodation and food is taken care of."

Following the Force A game on Monday, the national side will face the NSW U20 side on March 14 after which they will take on the Junior Japan on March 18.

On March 23, the Warriors will play the newcomers, Argentina Pampas XV.

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