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Accuracy Vital: Ludeke

Vodafone Flying Fijians assistant coach Lineout and Restart, Frans Ludeke strongly believes in accuracy as the team prepares for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The former Bulls coach said getting
29 Aug 2015 11:18
Accuracy Vital: Ludeke
The Vodafone Flying Fijians at a scrumaging session at Bidesi Ground in Suva this week. They leave for the Rugby World Cup in London next Monday. Photo: Rama

Vodafone Flying Fijians assistant coach Lineout and Restart, Frans Ludeke strongly believes in accuracy as the team prepares for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The former Bulls coach said getting it right in the lineout and scrums was important to the Flying Fijians.

“I keep on reminding the players that it’s about improving ourselves and taking it game by game,” Ludeke said.

“We play Canada next Sunday and I look forward to that last preparation before the World Cup. It’s always the battle for basics for the throwers and jumpers who will speed up execution.

“Accuracy will be vital for us at the RWC.” Ludeke is confident with the locks which include Leone Nakarawa who displayed an outstanding performance in the Pacific Nations Cup, Nemia Soqeta, Tevita Cavubati and Api Ratuniyarawa.

“These are all quality players. They are up there in ability and there is no reason why we have to stand back.

“We want to go in and do well in the scrums and lineout providing quality foundation,” he said.

The Fijians play hosts England in their first match on September 19 at 7am (Fiji time).

Ludeke emphasised the importance of staying mentally fit during the whole 80 minutes.

“It’s the biggest day of rugby when the two quality sides meet and being mentally fit in the game for 80 minutes. That’s what it is all about. Tactically you need to be there. Everybody has worked hard.

“We focus on ourselves and at the end of the day, you need to run your own race. We still got two weeks to work on our team because we want to play well and with confidence in our first game.”

Ludeke said there were a lot of support for the team and also his family in South Africa.

“There is good support from my people back home. They are all excited and it’s a huge support from home.

“I enjoy living in Fiji, people just greet you and they are all excited about this Rugby World Cup. We thank everyone for their support,” he said.

The team departs for London next Monday.

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