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Flying Fijians prepare for 2019 RWC qualifier   The first group of the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad marched into camp at Pacific Theological College, Suva yesterday. This was confirmed by
02 Jun 2016 10:56
Race To Tokyo Starts
Vodafone Flying Fijian halfback Nemia Kenatale. Photo: Zimbio

Flying Fijians prepare for 2019 RWC qualifier

 

The first group of the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad marched into camp at Pacific Theological College, Suva yesterday. This was confirmed by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

“The players have marched in for the pre-camp this week and have gone through all their medical and administration process today (yesterday),” O’Connor said.

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee confirmed that he has yet to release his team management list but would be focusing on a few areas which he would want to improve.

“We have made some great progress in our game style over the past two years but need to get better to be consistent top contenders at international level.

“We will continue to work on our set play and our work around the ruck area to ensure we can win clean and quick ball. We will introduce a few new things to our attack to increase our effectiveness in this area of the game.

“Our defensive system has been functioning quite well but we need to be more effective in making one on one tackles,” McKee said.

The Flying Fijians play their first Pacific Nations Cup Test match against Tonga on June 11 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. This is also the first qualifying round to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

 

Kenatale for Warriors

Vodafone Flying Fijian halfback Nemia Kenatale has signed a one-year deal with Glasgow Warriors. Kenatale has 37 caps for his country and was first-choice No 9 at the 2011 World Cup. He has spent the past two seasons playing in Romania for Steaua Bucuresti and Farul Constanta and also spent time in New Zealand with ITM Cup side Southland Stags. Kenatale was in the Fiji Rugby World Cup squad in England last year, scoring a try in the win over Uruguay.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Nemia Kenatale said: “I’m very excited to have signed for Glasgow Warriors.

“I want to be as successful as the other Fijian boys who have played for the club and what is important to me is that I’ll be playing at a very high level. I’m looking forward to playing in the Guinness PRO12 and European Rugby Champions Cup next season.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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