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Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union will be working on improving the pathway at schoolboys' level to ensure players who graduate from the secondary schools rugby are available for national duties.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said that's one of the areas they needed to work on to ensure the cream of the players at the schoolboys level were retained.

Fiji has witnessed a tremendous talent at the schoolboys' level but the transition of those players into national teams has been poor.

Reacting on the performance of the Fiji under-18 team in the Youth Olympic Games in China, Ryan said they had to work on maintaining and developing the core of the team for future tournaments.

Fiji U18 settled for bronze medal — the country's first medal in the Youth Olympics.

While Ryan was satisfied with the achievement, he said the team could have done better.

"We can't expect to go into competition and just win because it's Fiji and we have the most talented players in 7s," Ryan said.

"Argentina and France were very well organised and it showed in the games against them.

"We weren't good enough for the basics … played really well on day one and it's great to finish on high to get the bronze medal.

"I'm sure everybody there and everybody here would have learnt a lot about just improving this pathway.

"If we going to put youth teams out in future which hopefully will happen next summer in the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa, we can have a little bit more preparation time and everything else to get a bit better."

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