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Nalaga Doubt

Napolioni Nalaga’s non-availability for selection for the November tour would affect his chances for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. This comment was made by Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John
13 Nov 2014 07:56
Nalaga Doubt
Napolioni Nalaga (with ball), assisted his Clermont side to move to the summit of the top 14 with a 51-9 victory over third-placed Stade Français.

Napolioni Nalaga’s non-availability for selection for the November tour would affect his chances for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

This comment was made by Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee following Nalaga’s actions last Saturday where he played for his club Clermont in the top 14 after giving his reasons to Fiji Rugby Union that he would not be available for the Northern Tour due to family commitments.

Nalaga assisted his Clermont side to move to the summit of the top 14 with a 51-9 victory over third-placed Stade Français.

McKee confirmed to SUNsports that the Clermont winger emailed Fiji Rugby Union two months before the tour stating that he would be unavailable due to family commitments.

“I respect his decision and thus did not consider him for selection,” McKee said.

The Flying Fijians head coach also stated that they would not take any actions against Nalaga but this would affect his selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“There is no action that can be taken as we did not select him,

“His non- availability for selection this November could affect his RWC selection chances,” McKee added.

McKee strongly believes preparing a team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup would need players who are dedicated and who would be available for all tours playing to the best of their ability.

“To fully develop our game it is best that we have our best group available for all tours and assemblies,” he said.

Meanwhile, McKee and team management have been reviewing where the squad fell short last Saturday against France and know that any mistakes at Test level will be punished.

“We arrived in Cardiff after a long travel from Marseille and woke up to a showery morning, much colder than what we had faced in the South of France,

“At Test match level against Tier One nations, we need to be at our very best in all aspects of the game to be competitive,” McKee said.

“Everything counts at this level of the game and, as we saw last week, good teams take their opportunity when they get it, and will punish mistakes,” he added.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians side takes on Wales in Cardiff in their second test match this Sunday at 3:30am (Fiji Time).

anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 


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