Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors main­tain un­beaten run

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The Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors de­feated Uruguay 44-22 to re­main un­beaten on their two-match tour yes­ter­day. The team with­out the ser­vices of their cap­tain Peni Ravai, dis­played a gutsy per­for­mance and ran in five tries to Uruguay’s three in front of more than 10,000 fans. The side played with four play­ers that were named in the Fiji Pa­cific Na­tions Cup squad which in­cludes Ere­masi Radro­dro who stepped up as vice-cap­tain. All mem­bers of the tour party played in both games which gives them a good plat­form for prepa­ra­tions to­wards the 2017 World Rugby Pa­cific Chal­lenge and be­ing pre­pared to rep­re­sent Fiji in Test Rugby in 2017 to­wards the 2019 World Cup. Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors coach Senirusi Seru­vakula was pleased with the win es­pe­cially with the team com­pris­ing of four play­ers that came through the Un­der-20 Path­way. “I hope the young play­ers have learnt a lot from the World Rugby Pa­cific Chal­lenge and the 2016 Uruguay Tour. They should be more ex­pe­ri­enced in 2017 as we strive to­wards widen­ing our player base for the fu­ture,” he said. “The boys will have a good rea­son to re­turn home now with two good wins in Uruguay. “I will be mon­i­tor­ing the boys in the Skip­per Cup and HFC Bank Fare­brother Com­pe­ti­tion be­fore we start prepa­ra­tions for the new sea­son. “On be­half of the man­age­ment and play­ers we would like to thank FRU, our fam­i­lies and the prov­inces for their sup­port ren­dered to­wards the team.” Fiji Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, John O’Con­nor con­grat­u­lated the team on their achieve­ment. “While all the fo­cus has been on World 7s Se­ries, our War­riors went out and have done the coun­try proud by de­feat­ing Uruguay,” he said.

He, how­ever, urged all the play­ers to as­sist their Pro­vin­cial teams in the Skip­per Cup tour­na­ment since it is an im­por­tant year for Skip­per Cup. Fur­ther, he re­minded the play­ers that par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Skip­per Cup tour­na­ment will be com­pul­sory for se­lec­tion into the War­riors this year.

Ac­tion from the Fiji-Uruguay match yes­ter­day.

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