Fiji Rugby Academy sets up a back-up system to provide a pool of players who will be ready for selection into the national team in the years to come.
FRU Elite Pathway Manager, Bill Gadolo says the most important element is the preparation of players into a pro-environment.
Gadolo said they try to simulate national team environments in terms of training intensity, training volumes, attitudes, timings and all the components that contribute to Fiji Rugby as a whole.
The program is divided into three core levels.
From the pre academy-under 16s who have an eye on the under 18 national honours, the next level is the apprentice academy who come out of the school boys program aiming for under 20, and the third and final stage is the elite academy.
They mainly look at players that fit the criteria for each positions, not only playing in a position locally but at an international standard.
The Academy started with 23 players of which Mesulame Kunavula, Frank Lomani, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Tumeli Derenalagi and Vilimoni Botitu are current products of the Academy programme.