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No catch-up rugby: Ratuniyarawa

France-based lock Api Ratuinyarawa and Waisea Nayacalevu joined the Vodafone Flying Fijians for their Pacific Nations Cup clash against Samoa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. Speaking to SUNsports
15 Jun 2016 10:36
No catch-up rugby:  Ratuniyarawa

France-based lock Api Ratuinyarawa and Waisea Nayacalevu joined the Vodafone Flying Fijians for their Pacific Nations Cup clash against Samoa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Ratuniyarawa said they cannot afford to play catch-up rugby against the Samoans as their clash is also the first qualifying round of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The Navisabasaba, Nadroga native made his comments following   the Flying Fijians fight back to beat Tonga 23-18 last Saturday after they trailed 15-0 at halftime.

“It’s good to be back in the team,” he said.

“The team has been together for one and a half week. It’s a big week for us. We managed to review our mistakes in our match against Tonga which didn’t go well. Samoa is always tough and for us we should step up. We need to start well and we can’t afford to play catch-up rugby against Samoa.”

Ratuniyarawa was the first choice lock at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and supported the move for local players to be introduced to top level competition.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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