Rugby Union

Under 18 rugby boys ready for Trans-Tasman

The Under 18 rugby boys are back into camp for the Trans-Tasman tournament due to be held late this month after missing out on last year’s tournament. The group, also the pilot team under the two-year joint development programme between the High-Performance Unit and Fiji Rugby have been undergoing tests that coach Bill Gadolo said has […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 19, 2016 12:55 pm

The Under 18 rugby boys are back into camp for the Trans-Tasman tournament due to be held late this month after missing out on last year’s tournament.

Under 18 coach Bill Gadolo says Under 18 boys are yielding positive results from high performance programmes. FIJI RUGBY
Under 18 coach Bill Gadolo says Under 18 boys are yielding positive results from high-performance programmes. (FRU)

The group, also the pilot team under the two-year joint development programme between the High-Performance Unit and Fiji Rugby have been undergoing tests that coach Bill Gadolo said has yielded positive results.

GADOLO: We’ve had testings today, the results that have come up from the tests for some of the players have been very good but from our point of view most of them have never done these sorts of tests from their various schools so the big objective behind this is getting players  used to our testing mechanisms and process and protocols of high-performance preparation for our national team.”

The coach said the pilot team will be maintained through the development programme for the Under 20 in two years’ time.

GADOLO: “We’re using under 18 now as the pilot group for our two-year preparation for the under 20 programme so we’ve come in this week funding the program co-funding with Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union (FSSRU) and also the main objective behind it is to try and implement our high-performance programme to our under 18 players. I believe this is the first of many more years to come to look at our player base from 18-years-old and also working towards our two-year  programme for the under 20.”

Mr Gadolo said the boys have undergone medical and fitness tests to gauge their performances and well-being and acknowledged the idea behind exposing the school boys to high-performance programmes early on.

GADOLO: “So what we’re trying to implement here is that all programmes that we run for the 7s, 15, under 20s, Warriors, Women’s Rugby, we want the uniformity right down to the under 18 level so the boys can have a feel of the standards of preparation with high-performance policies.”

Mr Gadolo acknowledged the FSSRU for enabling the tour to New Zealand and said the boys will be ready to face Australia on the 29th of September, this year.

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