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Musunamasi Confident

The performance of the Vodafone Fijian Bati at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup will have an impact on the future of the sport in the country, says a senior
23 Oct 2017 11:00
Musunamasi Confident
Family support: Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Ben Nakubuwai (middle) is farewelled by his relatives at Nadi International Airport on October 21, 2017 Photo: Karalaini Tavi

The performance of the Vodafone Fijian Bati at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup will have an impact on the future of the sport in the country, says a senior executive.

Speaking to SUN sports yesterday, Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) deputy chairman Peni Musunamasi said that is why the World Cup opener against United States of America is very crucial for the side.

Musunamasi who has served FNRL for the past 22 years says, the players know what is expected of them.

“Well, I think the Fiji Bati side have prepared well for the Rugby League World Cup which starts on Saturday,” he said.

“Also, the Bati were fortunate to host the Tri-Nations series which allowed the players to get much-exposure by playing the Australian Kangaroos and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.

“I feel despite not winning at the Tri- Nations I’m glad that the side managed to find out their weaknesses.”

Musunamasi who was the FNRL chairman when the Bati reached the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semifinal said the first game is not always easy.

“The first game is always the toughest for any team and we are expecting our first match against the United States of America not to be an easy one. So one important thing that we need to keep in mind is to have our best players playing in the first game.”

Musunamasi also expressed that Bati head coach Mike Potter is aware of the level of expectation from the team especially at the 2017 RLWC.

“Potter is aware of the expectation from the fans to reach the final stages of the World Cup.

“In regards to player’s performance he’s trying to get the right combination for them.

“But for the Rugby League World Cup we have to win each game that we play in order to finish on top and make a mark for Fiji.

“I feel it is great to have Apisai Koroisau back in the side.

“The players have gelled in together where spiritual and mental strengthening are two fundamental areas that the side is maximising on apart from their game structures.

“I’m aware of the various messages from the public and rumours about the side not reaching to the final stages of the Rugby League World Cup but I have faith in my team to do much better than the last World Cup.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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