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McKee Plan For Test

  The Vodafone Flying Fijians patience in defence will be tested when they play England at Twickenham on Sunday at 3.30am. Following the 40-7 thrashing by the Barbarians last weekend,
17 Nov 2016 12:09
McKee Plan For Test
John McKee

 

The Vodafone Flying Fijians patience in defence will be tested when they play England at Twickenham on Sunday at 3.30am.

Following the 40-7 thrashing by the Barbarians last weekend, England Coach Eddie Jones is planning to shut down the Fijians style of play.

Coach John McKee said they have reviewed England’s recent matches and know what to expect from them; being patient, creating opportunities and being accurate in their defence is crucial.

“Shutting down our style of play, we pretty much expect this from England,” McKee said.

“They will not want the game to break open as that will enable us to play to our strengths. We will need a lot of patience to build pressure and create opportunities to score for ourselves.

“We have reviewed England’s games from the Six Nations, their June tests against Australia as well as the game against South Africa.

“We know what to expect from England. For this match we need to be very accurate in executing our defensive zone.

“We were poor in this area last week and it cost us on the scoreboard.”

Looking at the line up for the English side, Semesa Rokoduguni and Nathan Hughes are likely to start against their country of birth.

McKee said if the pair are chosen to start for England they will be putting the duo under a lot of pressure.

The Fijians have put their huge defeat against the Barbarians behind them as McKee said there has been a “step up” in training ahead of the clash against England.

“There has been a noticeable step up in training intensity this week,” he said.

“This is largely due to the fact that we have been together for another week and the team connections and player understanding of the game plan has improved as well as the anticipation of playing against England.”

England makes changes

Coach Eddie Jones is looking to make some huge changes in the England line up following their training session yesterday for this weekend’s game.

With Flanker Tom Wood’s departure from the side, this could mean Nathan Hughes would have a chance to start provided he is 100 per cent after a minor lower leg injury.

Billy Vunipola is fit enough to play but Jones is in doubts about Dave Attwood who suffered a knee injury.

Teimana Harrison, Charlie Ewels and Kyle Sinckler who were left out in the game against South Africa retain their place for the clash against Fiji.

Potential starts for the English side include Alex Goode and Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph and Henry Slade.

Edited by Osea Bola

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