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Bridge the gap

Written By : MOIZ MUNIF. Springboks coach Jake White (pictured) says playing sevens in 15s could have cost them the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup against the Flying Fijians
05 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : MOIZ MUNIF. Springboks coach Jake White (pictured) says playing sevens in 15s could have cost them the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup against the Flying Fijians in France last year.
“Fiji played a really good game against us in the quarterfinals at the RWC,”White told SUNsports in Nadi yesterday.
“At one stage of the game it was locked at 20-20. We started playing open 7s style of rugby and that saw the Fijians come up with two tries in a matter of minutes.
‘We were very impressed and that stage we had to go back and play our usual style to win the match.
“That shows the knowledge the Fijian players playing rugby overseas.”
White is on a mission to assist Pacific Island teams in their campaign to develop further and be more competitive.
“I’m here on the behalf of International Rugby Board to assist the emerging teams in rugby and ways in which they can get better. I’m here to observe and see how things are done and speak to coaches on areas they need help,” he said. He is keen to know national coach Ilivasi Tabua’s plans for the next four years.
“I will also be talking to Ilivasi Tabua on his plans for the next four years. I’m currently with the Samoan team and assisting them in areas they need help. From Monday I will be with the Fiji team and be part of their training sessions,” he said.
Meanwhile, White believes that Fiji Rugby has to find ways to gel the players together to progress more.
“It is a challenge for the Fiji Rugby Union to strengthen their gap between the overseas and the local based players to make the team stronger. The overseas players are in a top competition compared to the local players,” White said.
White will be at the Fiji-Samoa clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka tomorrow.



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