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September 06
09:36 2014

The Fiji Under-18 rugby team is preparing for the  tour of New Zealand and Australia later this month.

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Association president, Napolioni Silatolu, says the boys come from different schools but are considered as one in the national team.

“These boys are no longer representing their schools,” Silatolu said.

“There is no such thing as Ratu Kadavulevu School or Queen Victoria School,  they are one, they camp together and train together for Fiji.” Silatolu said.

After the 2014 Coke Zero Deans competition, Silatolu said the players would need to perform a level higher than secondary schools rugby.

“We have to take it a step higher in terms of performance especially when facing teams such as New Zealand and Australia.

“We cannot perform at a Deans’ level so the boys are working for that.” The Fiji U18 played against BLK Nadroga U20 team last week which was a final trial for the final selection of the 25-member squad.

“We picked the team based on their performance against Nadroga and we selected the boys based on fitness, agility, their tackling skills, defence and their overhaul practical play and approach in the game.” said Silatolu.

The Fiji U18 rugby squad will leave the country on September 22 and will travel to Levin (outside Wellington), New Zealand where they will play their first match against Australia.

Final squad include Samuela Tawake, Josaia Raboiliku, Onisimo Sina, Eroni Mawi, Sitiveni Kubu, Jone Seavou, Epineri Uluiviti, Aisea Volavola, Onisivoro Sukani, Kitione Kamikamica, Joseva Rauga, Pio Muarua, Seveci Nasilisili, Alipate Orisi, Waisea Daroko, Sela Toga, Simon Lilicama, Jimione Rawailui, Manasa Matayale, Filipe Qoro, Jone Tuva, Waisea Niumataiwalu, Etuate Sawailau, Marika Kubu and Onisimo Dakainikoro

The non-travelling are Vuniani Muakalou, Jo Lewakalu, Epeli Matiyavi, Aminiasi Rokosugu and Epeli Sicinilawa.

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