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Be committed, former rep tells players

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Fiji rugby players lack commitment something that can be seen in players that represent top teams like the All Blacks, says a former double international.
International Rugby Board Educator Etuate Waqa, made the comment in regards to complaints made by some senior members of the Flying Fijians squad that toured Europe last year.
This newspaper was given a report written by some players on their complaints about the team management during the tour and how they were abused by assistant coach Mike Brewer.
“We should understand Mike and the fact that he is a former All Black skipper.
“They commit themselves when it comes to rugby; this was the reason Richie McCaw was given the IRB 2009 Player of the Year.
“It is because he loves to dig deep into the ruck and stay there longer unlike our players, this is something we lack.”
He added that players should see their role and it would also go down to their mental preparation right at provincial level.
“It is also their mental skills that need to be prepared for such things.”
Waqa said players need to know that when they deal with former players of top teams, harsh words are bound to be used if they don’t commit.
“Players need to know the principles of the game and skills they need to perform their roles well. Players need to dig deeper because everyone wants performance.”
Waqa who also played for the Fiji Rugby League side said players also need to set their goals and understand it.
“These are the things that should motivate the players.”
Waqa said this should be a learning curb as both coaches and players need time to gel together.
“There is still time and we need to learn and move on from here because the World Cup is just around the corner,” he added.

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