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Reds Eye Fijians

WAISEA NASOKIA NADI More Fijians are expected to join Super Rugby franchise Queensland Reds next season, says former Wallaby/ Reds scrumhalf Sam Cordingley. The Queensland Rugby Union general manager operations
09 Aug 2014 09:54

WAISEA NASOKIA
NADI
More Fijians are expected to join Super Rugby franchise Queensland Reds next season, says former Wallaby/ Reds scrumhalf Sam Cordingley.
The Queensland Rugby Union general manager operations is in the country to scout for players in the first semifinal of the Skipper Cup 2014 between defending champions BLK Nadroga and RC Manubhai Suva at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka at 3pm today.
“I will go to the Nadroga-Suva match to have a look around; seeing what the locals have to offer,” Cordingley said.
“A lot of players have interest to play in New Zealand, so this is the first time for the Reds to be here in terms of talent identification. We are hoping to build some relationship with local Fijians.
“It is just to see the strength in the Fijian players, in the back three in particular. We’ve seen capable players in the backline who can make an easy transition to Super Rugby.”
The 38-year old said QRU had a long relationship with Fijian players like former Wallaby and Flying Fijians head coach Ilivasi Tabua and Radike Samo.
“There is a strong Fijian community in Brisbane in particular and the style of running rugby they play is fantastic. The big thing is the attacking flair the Fijian players have,” said Cordingley.
“Everyone in Australia knows that the Fiji 7s team, in particular like Waisale Serevi, as great exponents of the game.”
Current Fijians in the Reds squad are Samu Kerevi and Chris Kuridrani.
“Samu had some terrific performances during the season. He is a popular player among the group. We are hopeful to see him play many more games for Queensland,” Cordingley said.
He admitted that the Reds did not meet the standard set for the 2014 season. Cordingley has played against the Fijian U20 side during the Australian U20 tour to Fiji in late 1990s. He made his debut against Flying Fijians coming off the bench in Perth in 2007.
He labelled playing alongside the Rauluni bothers Jacob, and Mosese for the Reds among his best memories.
“We challenged each other for the halfback position for many years in Queensland. We’re still good friends. You can be competitive for the position and maintain a friendship after the career. So that was a great season.”
Cordingley earned 14 test caps for Australia and played for Swansea, Grenoble, Brumbies, Reds and Melbourne Rebels.
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