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EDITORIAL:Our Athletes Need To Adopt Waqaniburotu’s Positive Attitude

EDITORIAL:Our Athletes  Need To Adopt  Waqaniburotu’s  Positive Attitude
Dominiko Waqaniburotu.
July 06
09:19 2017

Dominiko Waqaniburotu has the right attitude.

In fact, his attitude is one that should be adopted by all sporting bodies in Fiji.

Outstanding Vodafone Flying Fijian flanker, Peceli Yato, who scored a memorable try against Scotland more than a week ago made an 11th hour departure from the team as they prepared to take on the Ikale Tahi Tongan side this weekend.

Also missing are centre Albert Vulivuli, and fullback Kini Murimurivalu.

“No problem we’ve got players who could do the job,” says Waqaniburotu.

While winning the Pacific Nations Cup is important it will elevate us as the top team among Pacific Island countries. More importantly, is the qualification needed for the next Rugby World Cup.

Winning both the Cup and automatic qualification would see Fiji as the dominant country in the age old rivalry with Samoa and Tonga.

Head coach John McKee has perhaps realised that our globetrotting stars are not always available and sometimes make themselves unavailable at any given time, as in Yato’s case.

Yato has cited personal commitments and should be respected because the no-nonsense flanker provides 110 per cent when playing.

Fiji has had some problems in the past when top players suddenly pulled out and finding experienced players to cover was difficult.

McKee has brought in that much needed rivalry for positions among the players. It allows for players to fit in if one is unavailable and more importantly the replacement does not destabilise the performance of the team.

A good example is 7s rugby, especially during the era of Waisale Serevi where he was undoubtedly the best there was in the business.

In came his prodigy, William Ryder, who immediately filled the boots of the master and provided Fiji that X-factor which no other country had.

However, when Ryder left, the signs were ominous as Fiji did not have a playmaker of Serevi and Ryder’s calibre. Sure they had some sparkle in those who followed, but none of the class of the master and his replacement.

Fijian 7s has never had any other playmaker like Serevi and Ryder – two players who could jinx their way from their own try line to the opposition score line with such ease and magic.

Fiji rugby needs to have a player who can take over the job and the team remains the same.

McKee has that now and it should be our trump card as our national rugby team continues to bring more pride and joy to the country.

 

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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