Track­ing play­ers cru­cial: Gadolo

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Vil­iame Gadolo says the Hol­i­day Skills Pro­gramme con­ducted in the last two days is to track and de­velop play­ers to rep­re­sent the na­tional teams.

The Fiji Rugby Union elite player path­way man­ager hosted the pro­gramme for the U14, U15, U16 and U17 grades play­ers at Bidesi Park in Suva. Gadolo said iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers was done by FRU High Per­for­mance Unit coaches dur­ing the Fiji Sec­ondary Schools Rugby Union Zone com­pe­ti­tions and Voda­fone Deans fi­nals.

“I think the big­gest ben­e­fit for us host­ing the pro­gramme is to have the abil­ity to track our up­com­ing play­ers that rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent age grades,” Gadolo said

“We have so many na­tional de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes which in­cludes the U18’s lead­ing up to the U20’s and then to the Fi­jian Drua and the Fi­jian War­riors.

“Also, we are look­ing at form­ing an U16 team next year.

“So, one of our main ob­jec­tives is to pre­pare play­ers to fit the en­vi­ron­ment and be phys­i­cally fit to play in the na­tional side.

Gadolo said iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers was done by FRU High Per­for­mance Unit Coaches dur­ing the Fiji Sec­ondary Schools Rugby Union Zone com­pe­ti­tions and Voda­fone Deans fi­nal.

“We have over 30 play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pro­gramme who have been se­lected from the re­cent Deans com­pe­ti­tion as well as some young girls are part of these pro­gramme.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the FRU high per­for­mance team to uti­lize the hol­i­day break with the play­ers be­fore they go back to school.”

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