THE Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) is hoping the Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) players named in the Fiji under-18 sevens team for the Youth Olympic Games will place national interest ahead of other interests.
Five RKS players who will play in the Coke Zero Deans U18 final against Lelean Memorial School next Saturday have been named in the 12-member national squad for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, on August 16 to 28.
They are forwards Joseva Rauga, Ratu Epeneri Uluiviti, Timoci Meya, rover Filimoni Nawabalavu and playmaker Filipe Qoro. The Fiji U18 side, which is in the process of looking for coach Ben Ryan's replacement, will leave the country on Monday next week.
FRU development manager and team manager Sale Sorovaki said they were having negotiations with the concerned parties and would know the outcome today when players join camp at the Uprising Resort.
"It's in contradiction but hopefully the national interest surpasses all other interest that maybe there," Sorovaki said.
"We are looking at the future of these players and the decision is theirs."
When Times Sport contacted RKS principal Beniamino Tawake for comments on the issue, he referred all queries to FRU.
Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union president Napolioni Silatolu said they could neither approve nor hold back any player from joining the national team.
"It's entirely up to the players, principal and the parents to decide what is good for them," Silatolu said.
"We hope these players look at what is at stake and what's more important to them."
The Fiji U18 team stands a good chance of winning the country's first gold medal in the Youth Olympics.
The national side will be up against the likes of Japan, France, Argentina, Kenya and the US.
Fiji U18 7s: Prop/Hooker - Alipate Wate Qaraniqio (Sigatoka Methodist), Josaia Cokaibusa (Sigatoka Methodist), Navitalai Navuni Ralawa (Sigatoka Methodist); Forward - Joseva Vaughan Sadreu Rauga (Rt Kadavulevu School), Ratu Epeneri Vulakauvaki Uluiviti (Rt Kadavulevu School), Timoci Love Tawake Meya (Rt Kadavulevu School); Rover/Wing - Sailasa Christa David James Powell (Rampur College), Semi Tubacule (Sigatoka Methodist); Halfback - Eminoni Naqionitoga Vuidravuwalu (Uprising); Rover - Filimoni Nawabalavu (Rt Kadavulevu School); Playmaker - Filipe Nasilasila Qoro (Rt Kadavulevu School); Wing - Waisea Vasuitoga Daroko (St Johns College)