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By ANASILINI RATUVA
New teams reaching the 2012 Coke Zero Deans Under-18 knockout stages is a positive reflection of development in schools rugby, Sale Sorovaki said.
The Fiji Rugby Union development manager said the U18 semifinal between Assemblies of God High School and Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School against Nasinu Secondary School was a case in point.
“The level has improved when you look at the number of schools that are making the knockout stages,”Sorovaki said.
“It is encouraging to see schools like AOGHS, Lautoka Central and others breaking through.
“This is a development pathway for all our rugby players that are attending these schools. The secondary school competition has been going for years,
“Eventually some players do make the progression to our national team. It is an important arm for rugby development in this country.”
Analysing the Coke Zero Deans competition this year, Sorovaki believes there are other areas that needs improvement.
“Tackling and scrummaging needs to improve.
“From FRU point of view, education of coaches, match officials, strength and conditioning coaches and parents about the safety aspect of rugby is paramount.”
10am; U18 Sila- Lomaivuna (T2 final)
11am; U17 MBHS-Ba Pro (T1 Playoff)
11:20am;U17DHS-Cuvu (T2 final)
12:30pm U18 RKS-NSS (T1 semifinal)
1:50 U18 QVS- AOGHS (T1 semifinal).