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Andy Haden Eyes Fijians

All Black’s legend, Andy Haden, wants Fijians to play for the British Barbarians against the Wallabies. The British Barbarians-Wallabies match will kick-start the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham Stadium in England
27 Sep 2014 12:28
Andy Haden Eyes Fijians
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians hooker Mesulame Dolokoro (second from left) with dad Kalisito (left) and mum Bale (third from left) along with his brother and sister at Nadi International Airport on November 10, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

All Black’s legend, Andy Haden, wants Fijians to play for the British Barbarians against the Wallabies.

The British Barbarians-Wallabies match will kick-start the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham Stadium in England on November 1.

“We are looking for a good centre, winger or a lock forward for the game against the Wallabies,’’ he said.

“We have done that before, giving players an experience he will never forget.”

Haden is part of the selection panel for the British Barbarians coached by All Black’s great John Kirwan, who has coached Italy and Japan.

“We know how to put a good team but we like to add to the team the skills Fijian players bring,’’ he said.

Haden says a famous high school in West Auckland, Kelston Boys High School has been recruiting rugby players from Fiji.

“If you don’t look outside of your border, you probably aren’t going to make it to the higher level.

“There are good opportunities for Fijian players to see what that level or rugby is like.

He says it’s a good learning experience for Fijian players who are given overseas exposures.

“If they can get a little taste of high level rugby, it can provide a good inspiration for them in the future.”

Haden has played alongside Lautoka born All Black’s winger Bernie Fraser. Fraser represented the All Blacks in 23 test matches from 1979-1984.

“We have a lot of respect for Fijian rugby players and we have played with a number of players in the All Blacks side.

“We are lucky because they (Fijian players) have such good talents,’’ Haden said.

He is staying at the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa at Denarau Island in Nadi and is working the with resorts’ Blue Energy Committee to recruit prospect players.

Meanwhile, Haden has been donating sporting gears to villages and schools in Nadi over the years and recently donated two sets of jerseys to the Nawaka Rugby Club.

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