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Never Been Fitter: Gaby

Gabriele Lovobalavu will take part in his third Rugby World Cup next month. Yesterday the Vodafone Flying Fijians second-five-eight said he had never been fitter. “Preparing for this RWC has
25 Aug 2015 17:04
Never Been Fitter: Gaby
Gabriele Lovobalavu training in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Gabriele Lovobalavu will take part in his third Rugby World Cup next month.

Yesterday the Vodafone Flying Fijians second-five-eight said he had never been fitter.

“Preparing for this RWC has allowed me to focus also on what I’ve not done in previous World Cups and how I can improve this year,” he said.

“The first thing I have been working on is my fitness and I’ve never been fitter compared to the previous two World Cups because I’ve been training really hard.

“I’m glad to be in the group and representing Fiji once again.

“I thanked the coaches for having faith in me and I’m just looking forward to playing that first game against England on September 19.”

He believes the mixture of senior players, youth and teamwork will help them next month.

The 30-year-old was a member of the RWC 2007 team that lost 37-20 to South Africa in the quarterfinal.

Four years later, he was selected for the seventh RWC in New Zealand in 2011 where the side lost to Samoa  (7-27), Wales (66-0) and South Africa (49-3) in the pool stages.

Lovobalavu said they have what it takes to go far but they needed to work together and follow the game plan.

“We’ve a good group of young and very talented players and also a good mixture of seniors so the bonding is really strong in the group,” he said.

“We started off well with our campaign, winning the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title.

“We just need to keep the faith, work together, our fitness level is really good and we just need to stick to our game plan that has been set for us by the coaches and play for each other.

“We are in a very tough pool, but we are excited and I think that’s why we play rugby – to test ourselves against the best in the world.

“The three teams (Australia, England and Wales) have been playing differently compared to previous World Cups, especially under different coaches.

“They have played a more extensive style of rugby and they have been preparing well, so we have a very huge task ahead of us.”

Fiji and England will open the Rugby World Cup on September 19 at Twickenham in London.

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