26 Sep 2014

Sport: Fiji schoolboys rugby team out to impress

11:53 am on 26 September 2014

Fiji are hoping to prove last year's impressive debut in the schoolboys international rugby series was no fluke.

The Fijian Under 18 team stunned New Zealand 22-20 in Sydney last year, in a series that also featured Australia and Australia A.

This year the tournament is being held in New Zealand, with Fiji taking on Australia in Levin in the first match on Friday afternoon.

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union president Napolioni Silatolu is confident the Pacific side will again prove competitive.

"It's a way we can gauge how much we have worked ourselves in terms of development. Beating New Zealand last year was a way for us that we know that we contribute a lot to our national team and we have a good pool of players, and also officials, able to steer our schoolboys in the right direction and being able to participate in the international level. We know that Australia is already the team to beat. They have their strengths and I know that we also have our strengths and we have a plan that we have before us, in a way that we will make the match a very good match for both teams".

The Fiji team will also take on New Zealand and the New Zealand Barbarians in the coming days.