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Rugby First

Rugby First
July 20
11:00 2017

John McKee aims to keep the winning momentum after securing a record four consecutive test victories.

And the Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach is leading by example by sacrificing his six-week break to help plan Fiji’s participation in the National Rugby Championship in Australia in September and the Northern Tour in November.

After a hectic five weeks of rugby internationals defeating Italy, Scotland and defending the Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga and Samoa, McKee wants to keep the trend building up to the 2019

“Sometimes you want to take a rest but sometimes you want to win and I want to get it right,”McKee said.

“I will be helping the coaches set up their NRC programme but I will not be available during the whole duration of NRC because I will be in Europe visiting the Flying Fijians players in September and I will be back in October.

“I have been away in the quarterfinals and semi-finals and final so I want to catch up with the games and see who have been playing well and help the guys plan their programme and have successful run in the NRC campaign.

“For the Northern Tour we will select the team on form, there were some players that were not here in June and July due to various reasons. But I would want to keep the core of our team working towards 2019 RWC,” McKee said.

The head coach will also be keeping a close watch on the local players’ performance during the NRC campaign.

“If players play well they could make the selection,” he added.

Fiji is currently 10th on the World Rugby ranking with 79.48 points while ninth placed Argentina is on 79.50pts

“It’s good we are we are on the top 10,   sometimes it’s a little bit deceptive because other teams play more games more opportunities to accumulate points.

“It’s very hard to get higher than where we are now,” McKee said.

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