Fitness Focus For Coach McKee

John McKee says the 31 men for the 2015 Rugby World Cup next month should be in top form before the opening game against England on September 19. The Vodafone
22 Aug 2015 10:24
Fitness Focus For Coach McKee
Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee (left), is congratulated by the Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night after the naming of the Flying Fijians team to the Rugby World Cup in London next month. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

John McKee says the 31 men for the 2015 Rugby World Cup next month should be in top form before the opening game against England on September 19.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach is confident they would work together to improve the fitness level before departing for London on August 31.

“It should be another hard training next week,” McKee said.

“We are trying very hard to challenge the players and it’s all come down to believing in themselves.

“For us it’s a big challenge ahead. The boys are not really overconfident but they actually believe they can do great things in this RWC.

“We know the challenge that we are up to and we know we won’t be successful if we don’t play to the best of our ability. In our pool there will be a lot of twist and turns.

“But it’s going to be dominated by one or two teams. It’s going to come down to points’ difference and bonus points.”

McKee praised the workrate of local prop Leeroy Atalifo who was among the 31 players.

“I watched him playing on provincial rugby and worked so hard to make it into the squad,” McKee said.

“With this talented group of players, fiercely proud of representing their country, I believe we have a team who will bring their best game to the biggest contest in international rugby.”


Flying Fijians Team Officials to the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Head Coach: John McKee

Assistant Coach – Attack:Tabaiwalu Matson

Assistant Coach Line Out and RestarT: Frans Ludeke

Assistant Coach Defence and Skills: Mosese Rauluni

Assistant Coach Scrum: Alan Muir

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Simon Body

Performance Analyst: Damon Edmonds

Video Analyst: Josua Vuto

Physiotherapist: William Koong


Vodafone Flying Fijians Squad for #RWC2015

Props: Leeroy Atalifo, Campese Ma’afu, Isei Colati, Manasa Saulo, Peni Ravai

hookers: Sunia Koto (Vice Captain), Tuapati Talemaitoga, Viliame Veikoso

locks: Leone Nakarawa, Nemia Soqeta, Tevita Cavubati, Api Ratuniyarawa

Back row: Masi Matadigo, Akapusi Qera (Captain), Malakai Ravulo, Netani Talei, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato

Halfbacks: Nikola Matawalu, Henry Seniloli, Nemia Kenatale

Inside backs: Lepani Botia, Gabriele Lovobalavu, Josh Matavesi, Ben Volavola

Outside backs: Vereniki Goneva (Vice Captain), Kini Murimurivalu, Nemani Nadolo, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula, Asaeli Tikoirotuma

Non-travelling reserves:

Front row; Joeli Veitayaki, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Jale Sassen

Locks; Savenaca Tabakanalagi

Backs; Seremaia Bai, Napolioni Nalaga,Timoci Nagusa



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