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Fiji Plays England In 2016

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will play England at Twickenham on November 19. England will play South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in next year’s autumn internationals as part of the
05 Dec 2015 12:24
Fiji Plays  England In 2016
Nemani Nadolo.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will play England at Twickenham on November 19.

England will play South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in next year’s autumn internationals as part of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

Fiji has been added to the list. The Vodafone Flying Fijians finished fourth in Pool A at this year’s World Cup, following defeats to England, Australia and Wales. But they impressed in every game and were rated best of the Pacific Island teams.

World Cup semi-finalists South Africa are England’s first autumn opponents on Saturday, November 12 before they play Fiji on Saturday, November 19 and Argentina on Saturday, November 26.

England fullback Mike Brown said: ‘It’s great to be able to take on four such quality teams on back to back weekends.

“It allows us to test ourselves against some high calibre opposition and it’s great that Old Mutual Wealth is supporting the series.”

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said this was excellent news.

“This is definitely good news for us and obviously discussions with World Rugby and other various countries was fruitful in the end,” McKee said.

“Tier Two teams will have the opportunity to play two Tier One nations and that is great, especially for us playing against England again soon after the Rugby World Cup, it will be going back to Twickenham.”

 

Importance

McKee said the importance of such games with Tier One nations was huge if they want to be up there with the standard of Tier One teams.

“We need to play these types of games and especially at this standard because it will enable us to lift our own standard from what it was to what it could be,” he said.

“It will be a good challenge for us and I guess now we are just looking forward to it and preparing accordingly.”

Aside from England and the second Tier One nation, Fiji will also be facing Australia in the June Test series in 2017 which McKee said was another added bonus for them.

“Of course there is Australia who we will be playing because we are the top ranked team in the Pacific after the World Cup, so that is another good build up for us.”

Talks are still in place about the second Tier One nation that Fiji could be facing but it is likely to be France. But a release from the France Rugby Union or World Rugby will be able to confirm the date and venue.



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