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Flying Fijians ‘Hungry for Success’

It will be a physical battle the Vodafone Flying Fijians will need to overcome if they are to overpower France in Marseille, France this Sunday. And there was no better
06 Nov 2014 14:03
Flying Fijians ‘Hungry for Success’

It will be a physical battle the Vodafone Flying Fijians will need to overcome if they are to overpower France in Marseille, France this Sunday.

And there was no better person qualified to make the statement than Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee who has had experience going up against the French men.

McKee was the technical advisor for the Tonga team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup where they beat France 19-14 in pool play.

Fiji has met France eight times and has never won a game.

“With the Fijians hunger for success it will be a huge challenge especially when the physicality of the game is the most important,” McKee said.

“This team is preparing very well, and Fijians have a great attitude in their work ethics and they are hungry for success.

“We will need to match the French in the physical contest of the game which is the scrum, lineout and rucks to enable us to use our strengths in attack. Our defence will be critical in stopping their strong runners.

“Overall it will be a huge challenge for us, one in which the players are prepared for because on the day if we can match the French team in the physical battle we can do very well in the game.”

With injuries surrounding the team as the test match grows closer, McKee is pleased with the strength of the team.

“I am very happy with the strength of the squad members we have selected for this tour.

“The players have been preparing very well on and off the field.

“Mood, attitude and focus from the players has been excellent.

“All the coaching staff are working to ensure players are well prepared physically and with the knowledge around our game plan.” he said.

There is good news for the squad as Nemani Nadolo will be joining the team later this week. Josh Matavesi who was injured in club play over the weekend will join the team on Sunday in Cardiff.

McKee said Sireli Bobo and Napolioni Nalaga were the only players unavailable for personal reasons.

“But the clubs in Europe have been very helpful with the release of players so no problems there,” McKee said.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will face France on Sunday a 5.45am.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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