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Nacebe, Vatemo For No.10

  Peceli Nacebe and Vatemo Ravouvou are future first five-eighths for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians. Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee reveals they need to build depth
03 Nov 2017 12:52
Nacebe, Vatemo For No.10
Peceli Nacebe

 

Peceli Nacebe and Vatemo Ravouvou are future first five-eighths for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee reveals they need to build depth and strength in every position building up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Flying Fijians are preparing in Toulouse, France for the November internationals starting with Italy in Sicily next week.

With Ben Volavola and Alivereti Veitokani on the tour party, McKee said they are building depth on the position.

Nacebe was injured during the Fiji Airways Drua game against the Perth Spirit at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

And Olympian Ravouvou prefers to play for the Fiji Airways 7s team.

“We have other first five eighths in our system,”McKee said.

“Nacebe played well in the Australian National Rugby Championship before getting injured,

“Ravouvou also has the potential as a No.10 if he makes the switch from sevens to 15s.”

He said we have depth at halfbacks with Nikola Matawalu, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika and Henry Seniloli.

But more work needs to be done to make them competitive and tick.

“We need them to make quick and accurate passes as this is the halfback’s primary role,”McKee said.

“We have been very focused on developing the halfbacks passing skills to help us ensure we get the ball quickly to our backs giving them time and space to attack.”

McKee said the focus is beating Italy twice in a year next week. Fiji beat Italy22-19 at the ANZ Stadium in June.

Italy will be a tough opponent at home,”McKee said.

“We take some confidence from our win over them in June and are very focused that it will take a peak performance to be successful.

“Our focus at this stage is on our match and performance against Italy. A good performance in Sicily will give us good momentum before we face Ireland on November 18 in Dublin.”

McKee said Akapusi ‘Q’ Qera will continue to lead.

“Q is our captain. He is a strong leader on and off the field,”McKee said.

The Europe-based players returned to their clubs yesterday.

“The Fiji and New Zealand -based players will continue to train in Toulouse and travel to Italy on Sunday,”McKee said.

“The rest of the players will join us in Italy  on Sunday evening.”

Edited by Grace  Narayan

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