Teams finalise preparation for the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship

by Staff Writer

U20’s squads from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Japan are continuing preparation as part of the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship, held at Bond University on the Gold Coast with the first match to kick off at 1:00pm on Friday 1 May.

This is the first time all four teams have come together to compete in an international tournament of this nature, which serves as a precursor for the World Rugby U20’s Championships in Italy in June.

Samoa have their sights set on Italy

Samoan co-captain Joshua Dowsing said the team was looking at the competition as the perfect building block for the World Rugby U20’s Championships.

“It’s just a really exciting opportunity for Samoa and for all us boys to get together, come to the Gold Coast and get to know everyone in our team a lot better,” Dowsing said

“We’ve got a few explosive backs are we’re trying to get the ball out to the wings and give them more opportunities to play.”

“Bond University has good facilities and we’re taking advantage of them.”

New Zealand preparation continues

After finishing third at the World Rugby U20’s Championships in 2014 the young New Zealanders have been steadily preparing for a stronger finish in their 2015 campaign.

Captain Atunaisa Moli said the team was keeping an eye on the physical dominance and quick attack of the opposing teams but ultimately felt positive coming into the tournament.

“We still have a few boys back home with Super Rugby commitments or with but I reckon we have a good squad here and we’re ready to play.”

“We’re very excited and this is our first time in the tournament and it will be a good build up for the World Rugby U20’s Championship.”

Japanese Captain Kosuke Horikoshi said the team was happy to be on the Gold Coast and were working on their skills to ensure success in the Championships.

“It is team Japan’s very first time to compete against these nations and it’s really exciting to be here.”

“We are honoured to be part of the competition.”

“All 15 members are working hard, keeping on our feet and tackling all the time.”

The first matches of the tournament kick off on Friday May 1 at Bond University at 1pm with all matches to be streamed on www.rugby.com.au.

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