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Coach McKee Tells First Five-Eighth Plan

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee strongly believes first five-eighths  Ben Volavola and Josh Matavesi will deliver as expected. Lau man Matavesi will start from the bench tomorrow while
18 Sep 2015 10:55
Coach McKee Tells  First Five-Eighth Plan
Josh Matavesi during kicking practice in London. Photo: FRU

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee strongly believes first five-eighths  Ben Volavola and Josh Matavesi will deliver as expected.

Lau man Matavesi will start from the bench tomorrow while Volavola got a nod to start the game.
Speaking to SUNsports McKee said Matavesi would make an impact in the second-half.

“We have two very good first five-eighths in Josh and Ben.

“Ben has got the nod to start this game, but expect to see Josh’s impact in the game later in the second-half,” McKee said.

Volavola is excited with the selection.

“I’m very excited to play this first match. I want to thank the people back home and fans for their well wishes, “ he said.

“You need to pray for us and continue to send in your well wishers.”

 

Forwards voice

According to team stats, the England forwards pack have an advantage of 896 kilogramme – just 11kg more than the 885kg Flying Fijians’ forwards pack.

The Fijians forwards Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Leone Nakarawa stated that their European experience has given them the confidence for this year’s RWC.

Waqaniburotu, named at number six for tomorrow’s match against England, says the lessons learned by the forwards in Europe has made the team confident.

Lock Nakarawa, who will start at five agreed. He joined Glasgow Warriors two years ago and said it had helped him progress.

“The big thing I learned from there is my individuality as a forward and what I’m supposed to do on the field as a forward,” Nakarawa said.

Waqaniburotu said Fiji had not lost its speed and passing skills.

“The little things like the set-piece, it’s what we need to do before we can use the Fijian flair,” he said.

Api Ratuniyarawa who will pair with Nakarawa believes there is a huge responsibility up his sleeve.

“We are prepared to play for our country. All we need is your support through prayers,” Ratuniyarawa said.

Nemani Nadolo said, “We hope to do our country proud and do this jersey justice,” Nadolo said.

The Fiji and England game kicks off at 7am (Fiji time) tomorrow.

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