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EDITORIAL: Vodafone Flying Fijians End RWC Campaign On A High

The Vodafone Flying Fijians ended their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign with an impressive 47 – 15 win against Uruguay yesterday. They played entertaining rugby to more than 30,000 spectators
08 Oct 2015 10:03
EDITORIAL: Vodafone Flying Fijians End RWC Campaign On A High

The Vodafone Flying Fijians ended their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign with an impressive 47 – 15 win against Uruguay yesterday.

They played entertaining rugby to more than 30,000 spectators at Milton Keynes Stadium (Stadium MK).

Surely, the Flying Fijians had ended their campaign on a high note.

The players were also good ambassadors of Fiji.

Some of our rugby heroes will arrive into the country tomorrow and they should be given a heroic welcome.

Their World Cup dream may have been crushed but they are still heroes to their devoted Fijian fans here in Fiji and abroad.

The Flying Fijians scrum and this is a fact was devastating.

They shocked rugby pundits with their technically-sound scrum.

Traditionally the Flying Fijians are known for their flair and attacking brilliance, but lacking when it comes to the more technical aspects of the game.

But their new-found strength at scrum time came as no surprise to Wallabies scrum doctor Mario Ledesma, who puts the transformation down to the South African coaching influence of Frans Ludeke.

In an interview in London, Ledesma said – “A lot of people have not been watching Fiji … but I have been looking at the game against Canada, Japan, Samoa and even Wales last year.” He added – “Most of the time they were dominating. Nobody was paying attention because it wasn’t a World Cup; no one really cares about paying attention to Fiji’s scrum.

“But they have been doing really well for the last year … I was expecting a big scrum from them. Honestly.”

Skipper Akapusi Qera, said – “Fiji should be proud of itself as a whole for providing such opposition to the heavyweights, who have so much time with each other, never mind all the other resources. Imagine how well Fiji might do if the Tier One nations – AKA World Rugby – actually gave them full touring rights – and even allowed them to compete in an annual tournament?”

Put aside the losses to England, Australia and Wales, we should be proud that Fiji’s scrum scared teams in Pool A and was applauded by coaches at the Rugby World Cup.

We must thank head coach John McKee and his coaching staff and hopefully for the next Rugby World Cup our backline play will improve.

To all the players and coaching staff, thank you very much for your excellent performance.

We must also thank Mr McKee for announcing that he is still available for Fiji.

Welcome back to our shores and be reminded that Fiji’s rugby flag is flying higher and higher.

 Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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