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President Blesses U20 Reps

President Blesses U20 Reps
From left: CWH Hospital cardiologist Dr Shahin Nusair, Dixon Seeto, Vice-President of Medtronic’s Asia Pacific Dr Feng Dong, Dr Vijay Kapadia, Himmat Lodhia, a senior member of the Suva Rotary Club and Dr Zhimin Du, senior interventional cardiologist from Guangzhou, China.
August 21
10:00 2018

The Vodafone Fijian Un­der–20 rugby team present­ed their i-tatau (traditional farewell) to President Major-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Bor­ron House, Suva yesterday.

The President wished the team well on all their games in Roma­nia for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Trophy.

Konrote congratulated the team on their 54-0 win over Tonga in May during the 2018 Oceania Rug­by U20 Championship at the Bond University, ground in Gold Coast, Australia.

“The victory over Tonga in May this year qualified you to partici­pate in the world rugby trophy competition,” he said.

“This is the second level for the under- 20 national side and if you win you will be able to progress to the under-20 national champion­ship which is the pinnacle event.”

Konrote thanked the Fiji Rugby Union for creating pathways for the players to progress.

“Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

“Participating in this level of competition will give you the ex­perience that you can use when joining the senior national team or taking up overseas contracts in years to come,” he added.

“The FRU is creating pathways for young players to realise the strength gained during participa­tion in national, region and inter­national competition.”

Fijian U20 head coach Koli Sewa­bu said this final week of prepara­tion is all about clarity and getting the mental preparations for this world tournament.

“This week as I mentioned in the past few weeks it is about getting our fitness level up and getting our skills set right,” Sewabu said.

“The boys are getting to under­stand the structure that we are go­ing to play and slowly touch on re­viewing some of Uruguay’s game and map out a game plan come next Tuesday.”

Sewabu added that Uruguay have good set pieces, scrums and kick­ing.

“South American teams are very good in scrums and lineouts.

“For us it’s about making sure that our defence system is ready and everyone understands it.”

Sewabu is calling on the support from friends and families.

The final 26-member squad would be named today.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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