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Anything Is Possible, Says U20 Rep Tuqiri

Speaking to Oceania Rugby, Fijian player Emosi Tuqiri said they are going to focus on their game and the scores would take care of itself.
26 Apr 2019 14:46
Anything Is Possible, Says U20 Rep Tuqiri
Vodafone Fijian Under-20 players with their coaches after the Captain’s run at Brisbane, Australia on April 25, 2019. They take on New Zealand U20 in today’s Oceania Rugby U20 Championship opener at Bond University ground in Australia. Photo: Oceania Rugby

Playing against a star studded New Zealand side in today’s Oceania Rugby Under-20 Championship has not deterred the Vodafone Fijian U20 players.

Speaking to Oceania Rugby, Fijian player Emosi Tuqiri said they are going to focus on their game and the scores would take care of itself.

“We believe in each other and the structures that have been set by our coaches,” the Nadroga lad said.

“We are excited and have been preparing for quite a long time so the boys are eager to play.”

The Brisbane born forward said when he first joined the team he did not know what to expect at first.

“I’ve heard about the sand dunes and the tough training that goes there. But now I’ve experienced that and it is really an eye-opener,” Tuqiri added.

He highlighted that they have prepared well under coach Kele Leawere and have set their mind on the task ahead against New Zealand.

FIJIAN U20 LINE-UP

1.Livai Natave, 2. Tevita Ikanivere ©, 3. Joseva Nasaroa, 4. Eto- nia Waqa, 5. Christopher Minimbi, 6. Vilive Miramira, 7. Alivereti Loaloa, 8. Eparama Sailo, 9. Simione Kuruvoli, 10. Caleb Muntz, 11. Epeli Momo, 12. Veresa Ramototabua, 13. Ilaisa Droasese, 14. Kaminieli Rasaku, 15. Osea Waqa.
Reserves: 16. Lino Vasuinadi, 17. Meli Sikoijeriko, 18. Emosi Tuqiri, 19. Taniela Ramasibana, 20. Anasa Qaranivalu, 21. Josh Vuta, 22. Taniela Soqonawasaliwa, 23. Osea Natoga

JUNIOR WALLABIES

Junior Wallabies captain Fraser McReight believes the return of a dozen players from their 2018 campaign will be pivotal to their chances of ending New Zealand’s dominance on the Gold Coast.

Australia will start their campaign tonight against Japan with a stack of players that featured in their squad last year still eligible.

“I think we have 12 boys back so that plays a huge part of our 2019 campaign.

“Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and go from there,” McReight said.

The 20-year-old openside flanker, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds last month.

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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