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McKee Rates Patrick Osborne

  Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee believes Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne is an added asset in the squad as they prepare for the Pacific Nations Cup. This year’s
04 Jun 2016 11:39
McKee Rates Patrick Osborne
Flying Fijians head coach John McKee . Photo:Ronald Kumar.

 

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee believes Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne is an added asset in the squad as they prepare for the Pacific Nations Cup.

This year’s PNC which starts next Saturday will also serve as the first qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Osborne joined the Flying Fijians camp and had his first training session in Suva yesterday.

“It is a good opportunity to have players like Patrick here,” McKee said

“He has Super Rugby experience and he’s got a job in front of him as well.”

The no-nonsense coach said it would not be an easy task for Osborne to get a run-on spot as he has to battle with the other wingers in the squad.

“We know that the Flying Fijians have a lot of competition for the wingers spot so there is no guarantee for him here as we look at the other wingers we got here. Towards the end of the year possibly Josua Tuisova whom I have yet to consider but I have left him for 7s. (Nemani) Nadolo is not here but will be available in November so Patrick knows he’s got a challenge in front of him.”

McKee said Osborne’s experience would motivate the upcoming players in the squad.

“He’s coming out of Super Rugby, out of the Highlanders environment which was successful in the last two years. This will benefit our group especially our younger and local players as well.”

Also joining the team is veteran utility back Seremaia Bai.

Savenaca Rawaca

McKee has also confirmed Vodafone Fijian 7s winger Savenaca Rawaca has recovered from his hamstring and will join the squad next week.

“He’s fine but still have some lingering problems with his leg but his hamstring is fine and he will be ready next week,” McKee said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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