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‘We Have To Win’

The Telecom Fijian Warriors will need to win their first game today, says Nemani Nagusa. The team captain made the comment as the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Challenge kicks off
10 Mar 2015 09:29
‘We Have To Win’

The Telecom Fijian Warriors will need to win their first game today, says Nemani Nagusa.

The team captain made the comment as the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Challenge kicks off today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

“We want to win this first game and it is important that we win against the Argentina Pampas XV,” Nagusa said.

“We know it’s going to be tough taking on Argentina Pampas, but we’ve set our target.”

Nagusa was up for the challenge to lead a national 15s side for the first time. He hopes to do a good job.

“I’ve captained the 7s team before, but this is a big step, captaining the 15s squad.

“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I hope that I can just lead the boys out on the field to do their best.”

Nagusa called on the Fijians support to turn out in numbers as the host country and with the Warriors taking on their most formidable opponent.

“We appreciate all the fans, supporters and our families and friends to come in numbers especially since we are the host team.”

The Warriors play the Argentina Pampas XV at 5pm today at the ANZ Stadium.

 

Lifting Tier Two nations

The World Rugby Pacific Challenge is set to provide a platform for all players from the six competing teams to bid for a spot in their respective Rugby World Cup squads.

This was the message by the tournament director Michael Groom yesterday.

Speaking at the Captains’ photo shoot at Government Buildings in Suva, Groom believed all the teams would make the most of the event. “

“It’s good to remember that these squads are their A squads so there’s an opportunity for the players to push for final selection.

It does provide a great platform for them to launch their 2016 campaign and looking forward to the World Cup.”

Groom assured that local fans would be in for a treat when coming down to watch the tournament.

“This is the first time we’ve put the tournament on in this format and structure with three games every round.

“What the fans can expect is quality competition from all teams. They’re coming here not to make up the numbers.

“They’re coming here to, as we’ve said before possibly push for final spots in their 2015 RWC squads so the fans in Fiji can look forward to some exciting competition over the four rounds of rugby.”

Groom revealed World Rugby’s decision to revamp the competition was part of a wider strategy to lift Tier Two rugby.

This is a strategic investment on World Rugby’s part.

“We’re trying to increase competition and the standard of rugby across particularly Tier Two rugby nations and I know these six teams will be looking for a challenge to test their systems, not just the players but also team management and strength and conditioning staff.”

The 2015 World Rugby Pacific Challenge will start at 1pm when Samoa A takes on Junior Japan in the opener.

Followed by Tonga A playing Canada A at 3pm with the third and final game kicking off at 5pm when defending champions Argentina Pampas XV play the Telecom Fiji Warriors.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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