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RKS On A Japan Mission

RKS On A Japan Mission
Members of the Ratu Kadavulevu School U18 rugby side at the Nadi International Airport on April 24,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
April 25
11:00 2018

The Viliame Sokiveta-skip­pered Ratu Kadavulevu School Under-18 team is on a mission to win the 17th Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational tournament in Fukuoka, Japan.

The tournament is hosted by the Japan Rugby Football Union for youth teams on April 29 – May 5.

Team manager Osea Uluiviti said their focus is to defy all odds and surpassed RKS best performance in 2002 where they finished third.

“We have been preparing for the Deans Trophy competition which starts in the second term.

“And to be part of this tourna­ment is a big bonus for us,” he said.

He added that Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2018 has be­come the pinnacle of the sport for schoolboys’ rugby, with the cham­pions being considered the strong­est U18 team in the world.

“RKS qualified after being the winner of the U17 grade of the Dean Trophy competition last year.

“We last played in the event in 2008 so we are in a mission to better our record in 2002.

“We expect the competition to be tough since most of the teams are from South Africa, England, Aus­tralia, New Zealand Russia and four top teams from Japan.”

He said RKS victory in the Cokes Games last Saturday after 21 years boosted their campaign.

Defending champion is Lycee de la Borde Basse (France).

New Zealand schools have won the event seven times since the tournament inception in 2000 with Hamilton Boys’ High School hav­ing won three times in 2010-2011 and 2014.

Edited by Osea Bola


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