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The Telecom Fijian Warriors management keeps a close watch on players’ fitness level as they prepare for the 2016 World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge next month. World Rugby will fund
13 Sep 2016 08:42
Watch On Warriors
Telecom Fijian Warriors rep Kitione Ratu during gym session at the HPU gym yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Telecom Fijian Warriors management keeps a close watch on players’ fitness level as they prepare for the 2016 World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge next month.

World Rugby will fund the APC 2016, a new “A” team tournament to be hosted in Montevideo, Uruguay on October 8-16.

The inaugural event includes two teams each from the Pacific Islands (Samoa A, Fiji Warriors), North America (Canada A, USA Selects) and South America (Argentina XV, Uruguay A).

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee believes competing in this new ‘A’ tournament will boost local players.

“This is an opportunity for our local players to play in a high level competition and is great build up to the Europe Tour in November,”McKee said.

“It gives the players competitive and high intensity training.”

“The players in the squad are currently training in their various centres and the management are keeping a close watch on their progress.

“As teams finishing off their season in their provinces in the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2016, the wider squad are training in their various centres in Suva, Nadi and Sigatoka and we keep a close monitor on their fitness level and injuries.

 

Fitness Test

“We had a test last week with some players’ fitness are right up there but some need to do a lot of work. We pushing the players this week before they come together for a camp next week.”

The final squad will be announced by the end of the week and the team will leave for Uruguay on October 3.

The APC has been introduced to boost the high-performance pathway for the test arena and supports the ARC and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation.

Pool A: Argentina XV, USA Selects and Samoa A;

Pool B: Fiji Warriors, Canada A and Uruguay A.

The tournament will be a round-robin, first-past-the-post tournament format played across three competition rounds. Teams will play each side in their opposite pool once, with the winner and final rankings determined by the total number of competition points accrued across the three rounds.

 

 GROWING THE GAME

“The APC is part of World Rugby’s strategy to enhance the performance pathway for tier-two teams in a Rugby World Cup cycle,”World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot said.

“With teams already preparing for the RWC 2019 as well as the upcoming November test schedule, the APC will give teams an opportunity to bring through young players and give competitive game time to players who want to step up to the next level.

“With the buzz from rugby still resonating after the Olympics in Rio, this gives us another opportunity to bring international tournaments to the region and really grow the game in South America.”

 

Fixtures:

October 9: 3:30pm; Argentina XV-Canada A, 5:30 USA Selects-Fiji Warriors; 7:30; Samoa A-Uruguay A.

October 13: 3:30pm; Samoa A-Fiji Warriors; 5:30 USA Selects- Canada A; 7:30 Argentina XV-Uruguay A.

October 17:  3:30pm Samoa A-Canada A, 5:30pm; USA Selects-Uruguay A, 7:30pm; Argentina XV-Fiji Warriors.

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