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U23 to use 9s tourney as build up to the Commonwealth

Moiz Munif
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

THE Fiji under-23 side will be part of the Vodafone Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) 9s tournament on Saturday in preparation for the Commonwealth Championship in Australia.

Timoci Naleba, the FNRL chief executive officer said their preparation needed a test.

"We need to test them out and make sure that they are ready.

"They have been doing their off season but they need some game time.

"When we having this 9s tournament we will definitely be fielding that team," Naleba said.

The Commonwealth Championship will be held on February 23 and 24 at the Dolphin Stadium.

Fiji has been drawn in Pool A with Australia, Scotland and Wales. Pool B sees England, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

A Fiji women's side will also be part of the tournament playing in the women's division.

They are pooled with Australia and Samoa.

Canada, Cook Islands and Tonga make up the second pool.

New Zealand is the notable exclusion from the event.

Commonwealth Championship is only an exhibition event held before the start of the overall games.

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