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December 31
09:39 2013

By ANASILINI RATUVA

The Fiji national Under-20 rugby side is aware of the challenge at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship on June 2-20 in New Zealand.
Fiji is pooled with this year’s runners-up Wales, France and Ireland. They will face Wales in their first pool match on June 2, France on June 6 and Ireland on June 10. National U20 team official Paula Biu says nothing is impossible.
“We have faith in our players but they have to put in the hard yards in order to make it into the team,”Biu said.
“The players have been reminded and we are also requesting the parents to support their children during preparation.”
Biu also stated that the three Northern Hemisphere teams will have the advantage knowing the exposure and the resources they have.
“We do not have regular competitions in the U20 level and they are wealthier then us,”Biu said.
“We will work with what we have and the team management is working hard in trying to select the best team.”
Meanwhile, the U20 extended training squad continues with their training programme during this festive season as they fight for a spot in the final team.
Fiji finished 11th at this year’s Junior World Championship in France after winning the relegation playoff against USA 46-12.
The 2014 pool stages have thrown up some mouth-watering encounters with hosts New Zealand to face South Africa in a repeat of the 2012 final in Pool C alongside Scotland and Samoa.
Defending champions England will face traditional rivals Australia, Argentina and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013 winners Italy in Pool A.

Fiji Rugby Under-20 squad members Meli Kolinisau and Meli Suguta training at Laucala Bay Road yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

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