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Hansen: Fijians Doing Well

Steve Hansen is hoping the Vodafone Flying Fijians create a few upsets at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England in September. The All Blacks coach, who is holidaying at
31 Jul 2015 14:02
Hansen: Fijians Doing Well
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen with a fan, Opeti Bainiua, at Nadi Town yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Steve Hansen is hoping the Vodafone Flying Fijians create a few upsets at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England in September.

The All Blacks coach, who is holidaying at the Sheraton on Denarau, has been closely following the rise of John McKee’s men in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.

“They’re in a very difficult pool but they always seem to play well,” Hansen said.

“I’m looking forward to them causing a few upsets, maybe beating Australia and England.

“If they cause those upsets it won’t be any easier for us. We’re certainly looking forward to watching games in that pool, it’s probably the strongest pool in the competition.”

Hansen watched the Vodafone Flying Fijians  matches against the Maori All Blacks, the 30–30 draw against Manu Samoa last week, and yesterday, the 27-22 win over Japan.

“They are obviously playing well, but I think Fiji needs to play their own solid game, free flowing with their attacking mindset. They are capable of playing a really fast game not too many set pieces, just play.”

Hansen returns to New Zealand on Saturday with his wife Tash to prepare for the Rugby Championship decider against the Wallabies in Sydney next week but says he has always loved Fiji.

“I’ve been here a couple of times. It’s like my second home, I love it,” the coach of the Number One ranked team in the world said.

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