Battle For Spots
Telecom Fijian Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says Flying Fijians head coach John McKee will find it hard to name his final 30-member team for the Rugby World Cup.
Seruvakula said the team played well during their mid-year international tour beating Uruguay XV (42- 22, 30-22) and Argentina Jaguars 23-21. The Jaguars are the second national rugby team in Argentina after the Pumas test team.
They have represented Argentina at the South American Rugby Championship.
“It is a good experience to win with this set of management and the players because we played with national teams as we prepared for two weeks,” he said.
“It will be tough for McKee to choose because a lot did not play in the PRC and they stood out in this tour and it will be tough for McKee to choose for the Maori and the PNC,” Seruvakula said.
“We went there and conquer because they played their hearts out for their country.
“The players trained hard because they kept competing with each other for whom to be chosen.”
He said there was a need to play more games either in New Zealand, Australia and England or France.
“A lot of tours are needed for these guys because this is the only way the players will learn, which is very crucial for their developments.
“There should be plans in place by FRU and also for these guys in the Skipper Cup,” he said.
Fireworks expected in Round
Three of Skipper Cup
Seruvakula said 80 per cent of his players are expected to feature for their respectively provincial team, except for Captain Sireli Ledua, Meli Baivatu, Savenaca Tabakanalagi, Peni Ravai and John Dyer who need a rest.
“Some of them will and some have been told to have a rest as they played three games in one week. Eighty per cent of the players will be playing this Saturday,” he said.
“Fireworks are expected and their returns from the three international matches should boost the Skipper Cup to another level.”