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Big Test Ahead: Saturo

  Junior Japan rugby head coach Endo Saturo believes they face an uphill battle in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge which kicks-off in Suva next Friday. The side arrived at
04 Mar 2017 11:00
Big Test Ahead: Saturo
Japan Junior XV side at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Junior Japan rugby head coach Endo Saturo believes they face an uphill battle in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge which kicks-off in Suva next Friday.

The side arrived at Nadi International Airport yesterday after they met in Tokyo a few days ago to prepare for the tour.

Satoru told SUNsports that members of his squad are the second best players who are putting their hands up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He said the players were getting more exposure playing in the competition.

“These are new players, we want to win but that is a big challenge,” he said.

“We had three days together in Japan before we travelled to Fiji to finalise our preparations for the tournament.”

Despite having less time to prepare as a team the players are ready for the showdown against Tonga A, Samoa A and the Telecom Fijian Warriors.

“We want to play fast and running  games as we know the other teams are bigger. But we are ready for the challenge come game day.

“This tournament exposes the players to some of the best professional rugby structures in the world and this is part of Japan’s preparations as well.”

Skipper Koscke Horikoshi who plays at hooker said it will be tough to play Fiji on Fijian soil.

“Playing the Fijian team on their home ground will be the best test. Exposure is all we need at this point of our careers,” the former Japan Under- 20 skipper added.

Junior Japan take on Samoa A at 3pm next Friday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva while the Telecom Fijian Warriors face Tonga A at 5.30pm.

Edited by Osea Bola

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