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Northern Players Impress U20 Coach

There are lots of talents in the North and coaches should step-up in developing these young players, says Vodafone Fijian Under-20 coach Salimoni Ravouvou. Ravouvou was in Labasa to conduct
18 Feb 2017 11:00
Northern Players Impress U20 Coach
National U20 Rugby Coach (standing far right) Salimoni Ravouvou with Northern boys who turned up for the at the Labasa Police Barracks yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago

There are lots of talents in the North and coaches should step-up in developing these young players, says Vodafone Fijian Under-20 coach Salimoni Ravouvou.

Ravouvou was in Labasa to conduct a fitness test for the Northern-based players yesterday. He was impressed with what he saw on the players that had turned-up.

Ravouvou said there have been a number of players that have joined the national U20 squad in the past. They are Ilisoni Lagi, Paula Bukavece and Peceli Dulaki. He said this indicate that more players from the North could don the white jersey if their talents are further developed.

“We have a local boy, Frank Lomani from Cakaudrove who topped the fitness test throughout the country and I believe that we have many others around.

“My advice to the coaches is that they should do their job in developing these players because they cannot do it alone. I think we need to do a lot of motivation for these Vanua Levu players because most of them stay in villages. If we have passionate coaches then they should inspire these players to reach their full potential.”

Ravouvou added that players who wished to be playing professionally should continue on in following their dreams.

“The players have to work hard towards their dreams and be disciplined.

“After today I will be returning to Suva and we will see the players who we can take for the national squad,” he added.



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