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Bring On Japan: Fatani

Isi Fatani is banking on his young team to put up a good show against Junior Japan during the World Rugby Pacific Challenge at the ANZ Stadium, Suva tomorrow. The
07 Mar 2016 13:06
Bring On Japan: Fatani

Isi Fatani is banking on his young team to put up a good show against Junior Japan during the World Rugby Pacific Challenge at the ANZ Stadium, Suva tomorrow.

The Tonga A head coach knows what Japan is capable of but he is confident the training they have been doing for the past two months will pull them through the first round.

“About 95 per cent of our players are new to this level of competition and I am really proud of them for stepping up and representing their country,” Fatani said.

“Japan plays structured rugby with some fast players but we’ve been preparing for exactly this for the last two months.

“We know Japan is good, but I would like to think that we are taller and bigger and they are smaller and quicker so it will definitely be an interesting game.

“Japan can play 80 minutes because they are always fit. But I’m confident my boys will do everything we have taught them.

“As for Fiji and Samoa, it will be a very physical game but we will only know the outcome at the end of the game.

Fatani the current crop of players will be developed for the next four years.

“This year is different as we selected our team as a build up to the 2019 RWC,” he said.

“This year has been very difficult for us as well because we had to replace the senior players. We want to develop the current crop of players for the next four years.

“This is really a good tournament to for Fiji, Samoa and Japan.

“This is also a special trip for my players and we ho3pe to make it a memorable one by winning this competition.”

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