Twenty two players in Nigeria’s camp for Rugby World Cup qualifiers


The players invited by the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation for a 2 week intensive camping exercise ahead of the pre-qualifiers for the 2019 Rugby World cup on Monday reported to camp under the supervision of South African born coach, Fabian Juries.
Apart from the 2 foreign based duo of Christian Ogar and Okafor ThankGod, the other 21 players reported at the mainbowl of the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos, where they had their first training session which started by 4pm under a light rain.
Head coach of the side, Fabian Juries speaking the team’s 1st training on Monday said some of the players are not fit, but before the end of the 2 weeks camping exercise, he should have knocked them into shape.
“Some of them are fit while some of them are not fit. We should be ready for the competition, which will be played in 2 and half weeks from now.”
He said the friendly game scheduled for Saturday against a selected side will help the technical team evaluate the team as they intensify preparation for the pre-qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.
On whether he will recommend the inclusion of more players for the technical department of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation in the course of the camping, Fabian responded that the time is so short for such luxury as he will focus on getting the best out of the players already in camp.
The team expected to depart for Morocco on the 11th of July will take on Mauritius on the 13th before the all-important clash with the host country, Morocco on the 16th with all games to be played at the COC stadium.

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