Lomu favors Wales over Fiji in JWC pool opener
Eleina McDonald, irb
June 2, 2014 12:35 am
Rugby great and former All Black Jonah Lomu says every team participating in the Junior World Championship which begins today in New Zealand is a threat.
Fiji’s tournament opener is against Wales at 3.35pm today at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe and Lomu has labeled this game as the most competitive match in round one.
“For Wales Fiji, if its an open and flowing game it quite possibly could go to the Fijians. But, in saying that though the Welsh have got some great form on their side so for me, I think that could be the match of the round.”
Fiji is currently ranked 11th and their main objective is to improve from that position.
The JWC opening match is between Argentina and Australia at 1.35pm.
Also at 3.35pm South Africa faces Scotland in Auckland followed by games between England and Italy and France versus Ireland.
The last match on Day One is at 7.35 between New Zealand and Samoa in a match Lomu says should draw big crowds.
“This is not really an away game for Samoa, it’s a home game really. We’ve got the biggest population of Polynesians here so they’ll be huge support for the New Zealand team but also Samoa too. My pick is New Zealand to win this match but I think they’ll be pushed hard by Samoa.”
You can watch the Fiji-Wales game from 3.35pm, live and exclusive on FBC TV.
Other matches live today include Argentina-Australia match at 1.35pm and New Zealand vs Samoa match at 7.35pm.