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Big role for No.10 understudy, Wise

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Building a bridge from the forwards to the backline between Moses Rauluni and Waisea Luveniyali will not be considered as a problem for Rauluni.
29 May 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Building a bridge from the forwards to the backline between Moses Rauluni and Waisea Luveniyali will not be considered as a problem for Rauluni.
Rauluni, who has been manning the halfback position succeeding it from older brother Jacob, will not be playing with his favourite flyhalf, Nicky Little.
Rauluni and Little have been partners from club level and they were the crucial pair at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
“Wise is pretty experienced now and the RWC has opened his eyes.”
“He has really grown as a player,” Rauluni added.
The Kasavu native went to the RWCas the understudy for Nicky.
“Number 10 is always a hard position but everything should be fine as long as he is okay. with me passing the ball to him,” Rauluni said.
Meanwhile, Rauluni said he would also be helping Ilivasi Tabua in trying to blood in a new halfback.
“It’s sad that John (Daunivucu) couldn’t make it but Abo (Vata) has been good in the position.”
Yasawa man, Aporosa Vata is also in the Flying Fijians team and is expected to be Rauluni’s understudy for the Pacific Nations Cup.
Rauluni is not at all worried if Vata is given a chance to play at halfback.
“He has been there and has captained the Crusaders to victory, he’ll know what to do or whoever gets a chance.”
Rauluni is confident that with whatever combination is put together the wanted results will eventually come.
“Things just don’t happen overnight and a test match is a good place to blood in young players.”
Rauluni added the most important thing for them is trying to play as a team and as one unit.
He said they are counting on Samoa to be the toughest but no team can be counted out as yet.
“Tonga also played well in the RWC; the NZ and Australian teams are both clever teams.”
Rauluni said it would be hard to predict their toughest opponent.
“We will have to play smart against Japan because they nearly got us at the RWC.”
“We cannot write off any team just yet.”
He said Samoa and Tonga will be physical, Japan is unpredicted and they cannot afford to play dumb against the NZ Maori and the Australia A teams.
“But right now we are worried about Samoa as they will be keen to knock us off at home especially after the World Cup performance.”



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