A POOR turnout by members of the men's touch rugby team left coach Jack Tulivou disappointed as he tries to build his combination before the Touch Rugby World Cup scheduled for August next year.
Out of the 24 players who were to attend the first national touch rugby training session yesterday in Suva, only eight turned up.
Tulivou said the first day of the training session was quite disappointing.
"This training session is our build- up towards the world cup and our first training session is quite disappointing because of the turnout. I know the hibiscus fever is on but we will have to go with what we have at the moment," he said.
"I was expecting all 24 team members to be here but unfortunately, this is all we have."
Tulivou said there were few things that he would expect from the players during their trainings.
"Some things that are expected from the players are skills, speed and the basic knowledge of the game. Right now, I am not going to push the players, they are just going to work on their endurance at the moment for the first four to six weeks and then they'll work on their speed and agility later on.
Meanwhile, Tulivou said after six weeks, he would expect the team to be in power and hopefully the players would also have a few runs and had the knowledge of the game.
"I think most people aren't reading the papers and that's why they don't know what's happening. I'd advise the public to buy and check out the papers from now onwards. Hopefully we will have press releases with the media so that people are aware with what is happening.
"There is a player in my team that I'm looking at in regards to his performance.
Petueli Hiogi, who came through the under-16 and U20 and I think he's matured to run. Hopefully he will continue to perform.
The teams training sessions will be held every Saturday in Suva.