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Gearing Up For 2015 RWC

The 2014 Europe Tour to be undertaken by the Vodafone Flying Fijians next month will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. These were the sentiments
03 Oct 2014 13:19
Gearing Up For 2015 RWC
Flying Fijians at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva

The 2014 Europe Tour to be undertaken by the Vodafone Flying Fijians next month will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

These were the sentiments from Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu.

He said it was all about lifting the standard of the game played last year especially with a chance to face pool opponent Wales ahead of their imminent clash next in the 2015 RWC.

“We are certainly looking to do well,”Tabualevu said.

“A lot of work has been put into our tight-five and coach John KcKee has spoken about some players and now we have a tight-head prop and lock from New Zealand.

“So I think all of Fiji knows if we get our tight-five strong we can get best.  John was a technical advisor with Tonga at the last RWC where they defeated France. So I’m confident John can bring some of that to our tour.

“We’re also playing Wales as we didn’t do very well against Wales in the last RWC. We’re playing them this year at their home ground as well as in the World Cup next year. From that stand point, it will be a very good dress rehearsal for us.”

Meanwhile, McKee cleared the on selection of players.

“I know some of the players we’ve named for the tour won’t be continuing past the RWC next year. But we have a plan in place and despite the omission of young talents, we also have our eye towards 2019 and that’s where our development strategy sets it.

“Seremaia Bai has pulled out of the tour after he was injured.

“That goes also for a few other players who unfortunately are unavailable for the tour who were here during the June test series, including Apisai Naikatini and Rupeni Nasiga.”

McKee revealed the build-up itinerary for the side included a three-day camp in Toulouse, France at the end of the month ahead of their first test against the French.

“Our local players along with the New Zealand-based players as well as the coaches and management will depart for Europe on October 24.

“We’ll be in camp from October 27-29 in Toulouse in our final build up to the first test before all the Europe-based players return to their respective clubs. Then we assemble once again and take on France.”

The Flying Fijians will play France on November 8 before taking on Wales on November 15 and USA on November 21.

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