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U20 Coach Happy With Turnout

Fijian Under-20 rugby head coach Kele Leawere is confi­dent of fielding a strong team in the upcoming Oceania and Jun­ior World Cup tournaments. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, the former Flying
31 Jan 2019 10:35
U20 Coach Happy With Turnout
Players attending the Fijian Under-20 trials in Suva on January 30, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Fijian Under-20 rugby head coach Kele Leawere is confi­dent of fielding a strong team in the upcoming Oceania and Jun­ior World Cup tournaments.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, the former Flying Fijians lock for­ward and vice-captain said, he was happy that 58 Suva-based players attended the fitness test at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva.

“Tomorrow we’ll have two more fitness test sessions, one in Siga­toka for the Nadroga and Navosa based- players and later in the after­noon we’ll move to Nadi,” Leawere said.

“Looking at the first session to­day there has been a good response from the players.

“From here we’ll be able to see which players are able to play in that expected level and that is why we’re making sure these players have the required fitness level.

“After these tests are completed we’ll select the team to represent Fiji at the Oceania U20 Champion­ship where we will play against Ja­pan, New Zealand and Australia.”

Leawere said following that they’ll be heading to the Junior World Cup.

“So straight after these trials we’ll select an extended squad of 50 play­ers and later trim it down to 33.

“I’ve been coaching the under-20 side for the past four years now and our greatest challenge is to improve our rankings and we’ll be facing France who is tier one nation as they won the U20 world cup last year.

‘Everything we do in life we need to put our heart and soul into it and only then it will be made pos­sible and also working hard with an extra yard in making that interna­tional standard level.

“Nevertheless, I’m extremely proud of the two former under-20 reps Meli Derenalagi and Vilimoni Botitu doing extremely well in the national 7s side.

“Through their performance they have laid the pathway for the new­comers in camp.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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