The Vodafone Fijian Under 20s are Fiji’s junior representative team for World Rugby Under-20 competitions. The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 is a critical stepping stone in the development pathway for rugby talent emerging out of school age rugby towards senior representative levels.
The Vodafone Fijian Under 20s programme is managed through the Fiji Rugby High Performance Unit in close alignment with the Elite Pathway Programme and High Performance Academy. The current Head Coach is former Flying Fijian Kele Leawere.
The team competes in two major tournaments annually, the Oceania Under 20 Championships and World Rugby Junior World Championship.
The High Performance Unit adopts a diverse approach to talent identification for the Under 20 programme to ensure ample opportunity for discovery is provided on and off island.
Open trials are conducted in the High Performance epi centres of Viti Levu, plus close attention is paid to the Vodafone FSSRU Deans Trophy. International based eligible players are also able to submit footage and attend trials to maintain touchpoints for those players outside of Fiji.
Vodafone Fijian Under 20 – Recent Results
In 2018 the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 won the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy, which is the second division in the World Rugby Under-20 competition held in Romani. Fiji defeated Samoa 58-8 in a one-sided final to win promotion to the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014.
Fijian Under-20 was pooled with France, Argentina and Georgia in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship. They lost their 3 pool games while snatching the win against Scotland in a relegation match securing their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship schedule to kick off in June 2020.
Vodafone Fijian Under-20 are pooled with England, South Africa and Italy. They open their pool match against England on the 26 June, before taking on South Africa on the third of July, and closing their pool match against Italy on 8 of June.
Vodafone Fijian Under-20 are currently sitting at eleventh in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship standings.
Vodafone Fijian Under-20 is proudly supported by major partner Vodafone Fiji official mobile telecommunications provider for Fiji Rugby https://www.vodafone.com.fj/