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U20 impacts likely to start: Rayne

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. National Under 20 reps who started from the bench are likely to make the first line-up against Australia on Wednesday. Peni Rokodiva and Waqabaca Kotobalavu
08 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. National Under 20 reps who started from the bench are likely to make the first line-up against Australia on Wednesday.
Peni Rokodiva and Waqabaca Kotobalavu made a great impact when they went in as replacements.
U20 coach, Rayne Simpson yesterday said, he has not named his first 15 but the two played a huge role when they entered.
“They were absolutely impact players and they played a huge part when they came on.”
Rokodiva and Kotobalavu both scored tries to put Fiji on the scoreboard although they went down to England by 41-17.
Simpson was working on analyzing the individual player’s performance yesterday with the other coaches to help him select the best to play Australia.
“We are watching the video against England, analyzing each player and the management would discuss their performance.
“We just need to pick the right combination after seeing what the reserves did when they came in.”
Fiji is pooled with Australia and England, both are favourites.
Simpson said both teams are favoured to win the title.
“Either one could win the title because we are in the same pool.”
However, Simpson is not worried about his boys taking on the Australians saying that they know what to expect from them.
The young Flying Fijians team played a warm up match against the baby Wallabies before heading for Wales. Simpson said he is hopeful that his boys would rise to the challenge and bridge the gap.
“We just need to work on absolute set piece and communication.”
Meanwhile Simpson yesterday shared his views on Josua Toakula’s comments against their loss to England. Toakula told SUNsports on Saturday that losing to England and saying that they were tier one nation was a lame excuse. Toakula who also coached the U19 team to Dubai lashed out at the selection criteria saying that Simpson got bulk of his team from the Deans Trophy competition last year and that even some players were still in secondary school. Simpson, however said taking the team to the World Cup and playing big teams such as the England and Australian team is not about winning neither losing but about developing the players.
“The aim is to develop these players for the betterment of Fiji Rugby.”
“This team is what we thought was the best.”
Simpson added Toakula was entitled to his own opinion but maybe it would have been better for him to look at his own result when his team played tier one South Africa.
“I think he should look at their scoreline with South Africa and his own performance before he talks.”
“The best thing was that the boys were able to do what they did, not allowing England to score a point, instead they scored three tries.”



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