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Touch to name team

Arin Kumar
Friday, August 08, 2014

NATIONAL men's touch rugby coach Jack Sade is expected to name his final squad at the end of this week.

Around 40 players from Nadi and Suva attended the trials at the USP grounds last Saturday.

Sade said the response from the players was good and he would have a hard time selecting the final 24 players.

"It's always hard when you have a lot of talent to chose from," he said.

"We have around 40 players and they are the best from the competitions in Nadi and Suva so definitely it would be tough selecting the final squad."

Sade said he wanted to have good representation from both Nadi and Suva and the players would be given a training program to follow.

"Players that execute the basics really well and have good skills and speed would be a huge advantage to the squad.

"All players will be given equal scrutiny and I am not worried about fitness at this stage.

"We still have a long way to go but we would like to set a training program now so that the players can slowly build up on their fitness level."

The national side would compete in the Touch World Cup in Australia in April and then compete at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea in July next year.

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