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LA Conference For Coach McKee

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee will attend the World Rugby conference in two weeks time in Los Angeles, USA. There he will find out who Fiji will be
13 Nov 2015 07:29
LA Conference For Coach McKee
John McKee

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee will attend the World Rugby conference in two weeks time in Los Angeles, USA.
There he will find out who Fiji will be playing in the next cycle of test matches.
McKee said test matches will be crucial in their preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“I’m going to a meeting in Los Angeles with all the Tier Two countries in the World Rugby conference which will reveal two things,” McKee said.
“One will be the review of the RWC, what went well for the tier two teams and what things we need to do better.
“We will also be looking at the test schedule going forward. I don’t know all the details or who’s playing in the next cycle of test matches.
“I do know that we need to qualify for RWC and the initial stages of re-qualification for the Pacific will take place in 2016 and 2017.”
McKee also said that in 2017 the top ranked Pacific team will play Australia and that Fiji needs to work hard to be able to maintain that spot.
“We are currently the top ranked team, so we need to make sure that in 2017 we will be the top ranked team because we really want to play that game,” he said.
“I think that will be a very important test match for us, so we got a lot of work to do between now and then, but it will be a bonus for us to take on the Wallabies in 2017.”
While most of the players who represented Fiji in this year’s RWC will not be available for the 2019 RWC due to their age, McKee is looking at younger players and could have a slow transition
“We are looking at players who could come in, I see some very good young players performing very well in different competitions so that’s very interesting for us.
“Changes will not be sudden, I’d rather see a transition and start to introduce some new players, so they understand the team culture and what they are coming into.
“Going into RWC qualification is very important so we can’t look away from that by making a lot of changes in our team,” he said.



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