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U20 returns

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, September 14, 2017

LOCAL-based upcoming rugby players need more exposure and game time to be able to be competitive in international tournaments, says Vodafone Fiji under-20 coach Koli Sewabu.

He made the comment when the team returned home yesterday after competing in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay.

Koli said lack of preparation time and the changing weather patterns were contributing factors which led to their losses.

The team beat Hong Kong 26-8 before it lost to Portugal 13-16 and 3-34 to Uruguay.

"We are disappointed," he said.

"It is probably our preparation. It was not an ideal time as we had three weeks only to prepare," Sewabu said.

The team was welcomed by family members and friends last night.

The former national 15s number eight said Fiji would now have to go through the qualifying rounds in November against Tonga and Cook Islands.

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