Primed To Be War­riors

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Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors head coach Senirusi Seru­vakula will only take 25 play­ers for the 2016 Amer­i­cas Pa­cific Chal­lenge which will be held in Uruguay on Oc­to­ber 8-16.

This was af­ter hooker Sireli Le­dua with­drew from the squad due to work com­mit­ment. “My main con­cern right now is in­jury, we only have 25 play­ers and 23 will wear the jersey,”Seru­vakula said. “We play USA Se­lects on Oc­to­ber 9, Samoa on Oc­to­ber 13 Samoa on Wed­nes­day and Ar­gentina XV on again on Oc­to­ber 17.

“All these teams are bring­ing in their na­tional play­ers.

“This is go­ing to be a good chal­lenge to the lo­cal boys play­ing in provin­cial level com­pe­ti­tions.” The 25-mem­ber squad marched into camp on Wed­nes­day and also had their first fit­ness test and will be hav­ing two train­ing ses­sions daily be­fore fly­ing out next Mon­day.

“I’m im­pressed with the play­ers’ fit­ness level.

“80 per cent of these play­ers are new to the War­riors programme so we are do­ing a lot of work in our pat­tern.

“This is an­other level for these play­ers but I’m im­pressed with the out­come.”

The Fi­jians will play their first match against USA Se­lects 5:30pm(FJ Time), Samoa A at 3:30pm and their fi­nal game against Ar­gentina XV at 7:30pm.

The Amer­i­cas Pa­cific Chal­lenge has been in­tro­duced to boost the high-per­for­mance path­way for the test arena and sup­ports the Amer­i­cas Rugby Cham­pi­onship and Pa­cific Na­tions Cup as well as Novem­ber in­ter­na­tional test win­dow prepa­ra­tion. Pool A fea­tures Ar­gentina XV, USA Se­lects and Samoa A, while Fiji War­riors, Canada A and Uruguay A are in Pool B.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Fiji Rugby Union’s Vil­iame Gadolo mon­i­tors the Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors scrum­mag­ing at Buck­hurst Park yes­ter­day.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Fiji Rugby Union’s Vil­iame Gadolo mon­i­tors the Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors scrum­mag­ing at Buck­hurst Park yes­ter­day.

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