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Fiji Has A Chance: Kirwan

Fiji Has A Chance: Kirwan
Pacific Destinations staff Salome Lewa, Lady Fiorella Kirwan, Sir John Kirwan and Robert Delai at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 05
11:19 2015

Former All Blacks Legend Sir John Kirwan says the Vodafone Flying Fijians have a really good chance to cause upset in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Sir John is in the country after four years to challenge people on Mental Illness Awareness, an area in which he is an ambassador.

He has been monitoring Fiji in the previous years and said Fiji was improving and his money is on the Flying Fijians forward pack where the advantage lies.

“It’s a really good improvement in the upfront fitness and I think the upfront battle will be good.

“If the Fijians can match it upfront and stay in the game there then they will be playing with confidence which makes Fiji hard to beat,” Sir John said.

“This year will be the hardest world cup ever. Fiji has got an amazing pool and I still believe in Fiji and Samoa who can go over and pull some big surprises,” he added.

Sir John believes Fiji traditionally has always done well in world cups.

“I am looking forward to them being another contender and for me it’s anyone’s game.

“Everyone is getting better and I just think that every team is working hard to get better and every year the competitions get harder.”

Sir John rates Naholo         

“I was very fortunate to coach Waisake Naholo in my first years in the Blues and I am pleased that he has come home and had some traditional medicines. He is an exciting machine who is fast.

“When you think about Fijians and the great way they play; they are fast, they got great speed. Big people with the step and for me that is rugby.”

Sir John had a playing career that featured 35 tries in 63 tests for New Zealand. He is one of the highest try scorers in international rugby union history from 1984 -94.

He was the head coach for Japan, Italy and NEC clubs (Japan) and Auckland Blues (NZ) and Barbarians.


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