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Catt Plan For Italy

Former England rugby international and now attack coach for Italy anticipates an exciting encounter against the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. “I am expecting
15 Jun 2017 11:00
Catt Plan For Italy
The Italian rugby side during training at Albert Park on June 14, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former England rugby international and now attack coach for Italy anticipates an exciting encounter against the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday.

“I am expecting a lot of physicality, X-factor from the Fijians,” Mike Catt said

“They have good players and there is a lot of offloading from their big players which is amazing.

“I think the way the Fijians played against Australia last weekend will really boost their confidence to perform better in Saturday.

“They got some fantastic players and I feel their scrum was really good so our main focus is to try and stop the Fijians from playing which is going to be tough but that’s something that we have to be better at.

“From our point of view after our game against Scotland we need to better our discipline as that is key area of improvement.

“Personally, for me it’s all about the performance more than the result.

“We have a young squad and most of them are here first time and playing a test match in Fiji.

“We need to prove ourselves and by the end of the day don’t give Fijians the opportunity to attack. And if they do, we need to be prepared to defend our space.

“We will need to be conservative in a lot of ways and I am hoping of a brilliant test match this Saturday.”

 

Playing Our Game: Steyn

Italy lock forward Braam Steyn said they need to play their own game if they are beat the Vodafone Flying Fijians on Saturday.

“I watched the Fiji match against the Wallabies and I believe they have got a lot of good players,”Steyn said.

“So our focus is to concentrate on our own game and do the basics right and take it each challenge as it comes.

“I think we should focus on our team and not on our opponents’ strength.”

 

New Haircuts

Three Italian players Luca Bigi, Federico Zani and Dean Budd were spotted with the unique haircuts yesterday.

Budd said the new haircut was part of the Italian rugby tradition for players who are likely to make their test debut.

Edited by Osea Bola

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