Letters To The Editor, September 29, 2015

Incredible forwards Floyd Robinson, Nasinu. If there is a discussion on the strongest forwards in our sides to Rugby World Cups, then without a doubt the 2015 Flying Fijians is
29 Sep 2015 10:46
Letters To The Editor, September 29, 2015

Incredible forwards
Floyd Robinson, Nasinu.
If there is a discussion on the strongest forwards in our sides to Rugby World Cups, then without a doubt the 2015 Flying Fijians is amongst the very best.
Their ability to hold and push back forwards of the English and Australians is incredible.
Even more, they forced numerous turnovers against the English side, which had relied mainly on defence and mistakes by the Flying Fijians.
The coaching panel and players deserves commendation as this is perhaps the best forward pack to ever to leave our shores.
Whilst our forwards have excelled, somehow, for some reason the much fancied backline has not lived up to expectations. Unfortunately, our midfield backs appeared to hold onto possession engaging in more contact rugby rather than flowing the ball.
Teams across the globe fear Fiji’s attacking style of rugby. Repeatedly we have kicked away valuable possession.
The moves of the backline appeared too structured at times, too predictable, much to the joy of our opponents. Whatever one’s views, let’s support the Flying Fijians as they take on Wales.
Let’s hope that our backline is more decisive, allowing the ball to flow from hand to hand instead of kicking away valuable possession.
Our substitutes must be brought onto the field much earlier in the second-half. All in all, we must play our style of rugby if we are to defeat Wales and record bonus points.

Even bigger challenge for FRU
Pranil Ram , Nadi
Fiji’s progress to the next stage of world cup is almost over. But there are some very good lessons learned.
The biggest challenge for FRU now is to maintain the high standard of rugby shown by our heroes at RWC this year or even raise the bar.
We have clearly shown how close we were when competing with Tier One nations. Hats off to top brass at FRU for investing in the coaches who have taken this team to a level playing field.
However I pose a question as food for thought.
Do we have a blueprint or strategy in place to see that we provide a real threat or are even more competitive at the next RWC?
What we have seen in the past is how have we fizzled away after 2007 RWC and then restored some lost pride at this RWC.
A classic example is also our neighbour Samoa who in 2011 RWC performed remarkably well. Imagine a close score off 13-5 against South Africa at 2011 RWC was blown up to 46 – 6 at this year’s RWC.
Definitely somewhere along the line something went wrong.
For us to best measure how we have fared during a year is to play Tier One nations and work on the strengths and weaknesses.
I believe FRU is definitely working towards these kinds of realistic goals which will bring back the smiles on the rugby loving public of Fiji.
I wish all the success to FRU in future.

Fiji Airways
Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi.
I wonder why our international carrier Fiji Airways is offering discounts on its main routes even up to 30 per cent.
Is it finding it hard to compete with other big airlines in the route or is it finding it hard to achieve breakeven point with declining market share.
It could be a customer penetration and retention strategy recommended by its market research to combat a slow down in economic activity.

PNG partnership
Savenca Vakaliwaliwa,
Delta, BC, Canada
I read with interest the news that several partnership opportunities exist for Fiji and Papua New Guinea in terms of investment and trade and that several projects are underway in PNG with regards to the country’s nation building and development.
It is hoped that Fiji’s new ambassador to PNG, will work and secure the promised Melanesia Spearhead Group Skilled Share programme and other work opportunities that were announced and promised.

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