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No Excuses: McKee

As the Vodafone Flying Fijians march into camp tomorrow, head coach John McKee said there should o excuses of a poor outing at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in September.
30 Jun 2015 13:01
No Excuses: McKee
Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee

As the Vodafone Flying Fijians march into camp tomorrow, head coach John McKee said there should o excuses of a poor outing at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in September.

“There’s no excuses for poor performance,” McKee told delegates at the Fiji Rugby Union workshop at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Sigatoka yesterday.

“We’ve got to make sure we run a world class programme the best way we can.

“We’ve got plenty of time basically two and a half months and we have planned almost down to the day. We know what we are doing from July 1 until the first game of the RWC in Twickenham against England on September 19.

“We’ve got a good mixture of game programmes and we’ve got a good block in August of fitness and conditioning to recondition our players.”

Dubbed the ‘Pool of Death’, Fiji faces England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay in the pinnacle of the sport in the United Kingdom and players already have in the back of their minds the expectation of every Fijian fan.

“I think we will be in a position to make it to the Cup quarterfinals, I’m not here to make predictions about which game we might win, when we approach the world cup we will take one game at a time,” McKee said.

“If we do well in our pools, we will do well in our quarterfinals. So for us it’s all about maturity and making the most of our talents and the strength that we get by representing Fiji.”

But with added pressure of making the headlines in the RWC, McKee is well aware of the pressure that is there when coaching a nation who’s synonymous on the rugby paddock.

“As the momentum builds up the RWC, it brings its own pressure on the players. But pressure is a good thing as it helps drive players to work harder to achieve their goals.”

“But first things first we’ve got the first squad coming into camp tomorrow (today).We’ve got about 40 players camping in Suva. On the first two days we will concentrate on administration, medical screening and fitness testing. On Friday and Saturday we will play some rugby,” he added.

He is expected to name the side to take on the Maori All Blacks on July 11 by Friday or Saturday.

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 


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