Fiji School­boys Pre­pare For Tri-Na­tions Cup

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The Fiji School­boys ex­tended squad un­der­went med­i­cal screen­ing at the Fiji Rugby Union High Per­for­mance Unit (HPU) in Suva yes­ter­day. The squad com­prise 46 stu­dents, from Queen Vic­to­ria School (11), from Marist Broth­ers High (10), RKS (7), Cuvu Col­lege (5), Natabua High (4), Nas­inu Sec­ondary (3), St John’s Col­lege (2) and Ratu Navula Col­lege (2) and one each from Suva Gram­mar and Le­lean Me­mo­rial. Team man­ager Nav­i­ta­lai Wai­walu said the play­ers have bonded well as they have a tough jour­ney ahead be­fore the fi­nal 26 play­ers are se­lected for the Sec­ondary School Tri Na­tions Cup in Auck­land, New Zealand. “We are start­ing off with our med­i­cal screen­ing and train­ing ses­sions, ” Wai­walu said.

“We will as­sess their fit­ness and draw up a pro­gramme ac­cord­ing to their in­di­vid­ual strength and en­durance be­cause most of them are still re­cov­er­ing from the Deans com­pe­ti­tion. “We will be look­ing at how they progress and that is where dis­ci­pline and the skills of in­di­vid­ual play­ers come in. “We have two more week­end camps be­fore we choose 26 play­ers.”

The last Fiji School­boys in­ter­na­tional tour was in 2014. Wai­walu said this is an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time for the play­ers to se­cure a fu­ture in play­ing rugby and study­ing over­seas. “There is ob­vi­ously go­ing to be scouts there so it is a good chance for them to im­press them. This is also an ed­u­ca­tional trip for them be­cause if spot­ted they could get a schol­ar­ship to study and play rugby. “In 2014, we had four play­ers given schol­ar­ships in New Zealand and three went to France.”

Fiji will play Aus­tralia School­boys on Septem­ber 29, New Zealand School­boys on Oc­to­ber 3 and New Zealand Bar­bar­ians on Oc­to­ber 8. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

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