APIA: Wednesday 09 May 2012: Samoa’s Under 20 Training Squad is in camp this week as it prepares for the rugby Junior World Championship in June.
While Samoa goes into commemorating its 50th years of Independence, Samoa’s Under 20 rugby squad will be on its way to South Africa, with sheer determination to maintain its position as a tier one nation, under this age group.
Samoa’s Under 20 is drawn, against the undefeated New Zealand, Island neighbor Fiji, and Wales in Pool A.
Samoa under 20 Coach who successfully redirected Samoa from tier 2 nations last year, Soifua John Schuster, says “It is definitely the toughest pool but if we prepare well we can put up a good performance.”
Soifua added “Our pool in SA presents a huge challenge for our boys this year. Fiji enjoyed its best ever result at last year’s JWC and will be looking to improve on that. Wales traditionally is very strong at these championships and of course the Kiwis have won every U20’s championship since its inception.”
Despite being placed in one of the toughest pools Soifua is confident.
“I am confident we can maintain our current status, and we will qualify again next year, it’s just a matter of preparing well and to arrive at the tournament in a very positive state of mind.”
Samoa’s Under 20 is a mixture of local players who are currently under the SRU-HPU License Training Centre and overseas players.
The team will be travelling with its new management in John Furlong – Forwards Coach, Trainer Michael Deasy, Doctor Leituala Ben Matalavea, Physiotherapist Kate Seadon and Team Manager Andy Ripley.
Cape Town and Stellenbosch will host the world’s premier Age Grade tournament between June 4th to 22nd, that will feature the world’s top 12 ranked Under 20 teams.