Coach challenges players

Former national Flying Fijians rep and FRU development officer, Bill Gadolo works with the Fiji U16 team forwards during a scrum session at the Bidesi ground in Suva yesterday. Picture: NOA BIUDOLE

FIJI under-16 rugby coach Masi Saqanavere wants his players to switch on as the U16 squad marched into camp in Suva yesterday.

“Once you put that jersey on, you have to switch on; it’s a different level altogether,” Saqanavere said.

“I understand they are still young but they are now ambassadors representing Fiji.”

After a gruelling first session at Bidesi Ground yesterday, Saqanavere told his players how important it was to don the white jersey as the final preparations began for the inter-state rugby competition to be held on the Gold Coast in Australia at the end of this month.

“I told the players the jerseys that they are wearing are earned through blood and sweat. Every 15 and 16-year-old rugby player wants to wear that Fiji jumper. They are the cream of the crop and when they wear that jersey they must keep that in mind,” he said.

Saqanavere said although they were representing the nation the players needed to enjoy themselves as well.

“They just need to bring a good attitude to training and enjoy themselves,” he said.

“They are coming in with a lot of enthusiasm and with this squad that is all we need for the players to have that interest to produce quality sessions every time”.

The team will depart for Australia on September 28.

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