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John McKee will keep a close tab on Fijians playing for New Zealand’s top provincial competition, the Mitre 10 Cup which starts tomorrow. The Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach wants
17 Aug 2016 14:29
Player For Future
Naulia Dawai will play for Otago in the Mitre 10 Cup competition which starts tomorrow in New Zealand. Photo: Otago Rugby

John McKee will keep a close tab on Fijians playing for New Zealand’s top provincial competition, the Mitre 10 Cup which starts tomorrow.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach wants to build a player base for the future and is interested in young lock forwards Sanaila Waqa (Hawkes Bay) and Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara (Counties Manukau).

“We need to build a pool and player base for the future,” McKee said.

“We have some promising Fijians featuring in the Mitre 10 Cup and I will monitor their progress closely.

“We’ve two young lock forwards Waqa and Tavuyara. Naulia Dawai is also playing well for Otago.”

McKee is also communicating with Canterbury prop Alex Hodgman  who represented Fiji at the 2012 World Rugby  Junior World Championship in South Africa.

He however changed allegiances ahead of the 2013 JWC and turned out for New Zealand U20.

Hodgman came through the ranks of Canterbury’s youth system and graduated to their senior side and was rewarded when he was named in the Crusaders wider training group for the 2015 and 2016 Super Rugby season.

“I will keep talking to him and try get him back in the Flying Fijians squad,”he said.

Hodgman, Ben Volavola, Leeroy Atalifo and Poasa Waqanibau are in the Canterbury squad who will play Auckland in their opening match at Christchurch on Saturday.”

The focus for the Vodafone Flying Fijians is the Europe Tour in November where they will play the Barbarians, England and Japan.

 

Rio Win boost for Fiji Rugby

McKee said the Ben Ryan-coached side winning the sevens gold medal at the Rio Olympics last week has set a benchmark.

“Outstanding display and effort by the team,”McKee said.

“They have set a benchmark and Fiji Rugby will benefit from the spinoff.

“It just shows that we can beat the best in the world.”

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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