5 May 2015

Sport: Final hit-out for Fiji Under 20s

12:37 pm on 5 May 2015

The Fiji Under 20s round out their preparations for the World Rugby Junior Trophy today with a final hitout against New Zealand provincial side Counties Manakau.

Fiji was relegated to the second-tier trophy competition after finishing bottom at last year's Under 20 World Cup.

Sonny Bill Williams on the charge for Counties Manukau in 2014

Sonny Bill Williams on the charge for Counties Manukau in 2014 Photo: Photosport

Fiji competed in the Australian National Under 20s Championship in March and head coach Bill Gadolo says it's vital they return to the top competition as soon as possible.

"We bring in the experiences of preparing a team going into a tier one competition and that's how we have emphasised the preparation for this tier two competition in Portugal. We prepare like we are preparing for the tier one competition - for example tier one teams like England and New Zealand".

Fiji fly out for Lisbon on Thursday, where they will play group match against Georgia, Portugal and Uruguay.

The overall winner of the Junior Trophy will earn promotion to next year's Junior World Cup.

Meanwhile the Samoa Under 20s take on New Zealand this afternoon on the Gold Coast in their second match at the Oceania Junior Championship.

The Baby Manu were beaten 33-10 by Australia in their opening clash at the weekend.