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Uru: Tonga Will Be Tough

Australia A’s backrower Serupepeli Uru knows it won’t be easy to face Tonga in the final round of the Pacific Nations Cup clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka, on Saturday,
15 Jul 2022 13:00
Uru: Tonga Will Be Tough
Australia A hooker Feleti Kaitu’u works on his lineout throws during training at Nadi on July 14, 2022. Kaitu’u captained Wester Force in this year’s Super Rugby Pacific competition. The 27-year-old has played three Test matches for the Wallabies. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Australia A’s backrower Serupepeli Uru knows it won’t be easy to face Tonga in the final round of the Pacific Nations Cup clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka, on Saturday,

The Namoli, Lautoka, native knows this is a step closer to rep­resenting the Wallabies to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

“Everything has been going well, the boys are enjoying their time in Fiji,” the former Fijian U20 cap­tain said.

“We love it. We know what will come from the Tonga boys.

Serupepeli Uru. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Serupepeli Uru.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

“We know that it will be a good physical game, because the Ton­gans love their footy. The boys have been working hard.”

Australia A head coach Jason Gilmore said preparations this week have gone well.

“We have a fit and healthy squad. There is a lot to play for this week so the boys are excited about the game,” Gilmore said.

“It has been a great tournament. We know the situation that we are in.

“Obviously in both games teams are still alive for the title race. “Whoever wins it will have a great chance.

“If we play well we are confident of picking up a bonus point.

“But playing in the middle of the day will not be an easy game.

“We just have to make sure that we work hard. No injury con­cerns.”

Gilmore believes the Tongans were pretty unlucky against Fiji.

“They got held up over the line on a couple of occasions. So that score could have made a differ­ence especially it was earlier in the game.

They have some world class play­ers. We expect players like Malakai Fekitoa to be back,” he added.

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