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Final phase of training before U20 leaves for NZ

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji under-20 rugby side will resume camp today as it prepares for the Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

The Akuila Tabualevu-captained side has been working closely with head coach Salimoni Ravouvou and assistant coach Iliesa Tanivula in fine tuning their final phase of training before departing for Auckland on Thursday.

Fiji is drawn in Pool C with last year's runner-up Wales, France and Ireland. Ravouvou said it would not be an easy tussle for his troops at pool stages.

With the objective to finish in the top eight, the team management is optimistic the boys can deliver the goods when it matters.

Adrea Cocagi, one of the overseas-based players in the side is eager to impress in his first international outing for Fiji.

The outside centre who plays for Stade Francaise in the French Top 14 competition said it was an honour to represent Fiji.

"I want to give my best shot for Fiji," he said.

"I don't know about the future but I am going to grab this opportunity with both hands and give my best shot for the country.

"This is not going to be easy for us but we're ready for the challenge."

Fiji plays Wales in its opening pool match which will be aired live on FBC TV on June 2.

Ravouvou and his troops will later face France and Ireland.

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