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Editorial: Let’s Gauge Our Flying Fijians In The November Internationals

Our rugby dominance in the region continues to build and grow and we should be thankful to all stakeholders. The Pacific Nations Cup is becoming our very own having won
24 Jun 2018 14:24
Editorial: Let’s Gauge Our Flying Fijians In The November Internationals
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Ben Volavola flicks the pass during training at the Churchill park in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Our rugby dominance in the region continues to build and grow and we should be thankful to all stakeholders.

The Pacific Nations Cup is becoming our very own having won our fourth consecutive title and fifth in total since the inaugural event in 2006.

We have a proud record to boast being unbeaten in four years only drawing once in 2015.

This is testament of the hard work of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have put in building up to the four-yearly global showpiece, the Rugby World Cup.

We fared well at the 2015 RWC and the future looks bright as we gear up for the 2019 RWC in Japan.

Our Pool D opponent Georgia came with a purpose to test our men upfront but ended up dismantled at the ANZ Stadium last week.

It is likely we will play another of our Pool D opponent Uruguay on November 17.

But the big test for the John McKee-coached side would be on November 10 at Murrayfield against Scotland and November 24 against France at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

Although we lost to Tonga 27-19 in the one-off test at Churchill Park yesterday, playing tier one nations is the way forward for our Flying Fijians.

After beating Australia last year, the Scots fell to the Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium, Suva a week later.

That is how test rugby is being contested on the international front and it would be a wonderful occasion if we silence the always vocal Scottish crowd at Murrayfield for once.

We have not beaten France and they will be a different team in November after completing the third test against the All Blacks in Dunedin last night.

We have Wales and Australia as our other Pool D opponents and we need to beat one of them to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals.

Wales is one of the impressive teams in the June international tests currently, for the first time, third in the world after defeating the Springboks and Argentina in the two test series in Buenos Aires.

Ireland completed the tour of Australia with the third test against the Wallabies in Melbourne last night.

McKee said: “We need to play Tier One nations to gauge our performance. That is the way forward.”

McKee also welcomes the more competitive 2019 Pacific Nations Cup format in July which will see the inclusion of Japan, Canada and United States of America.

Rankings

Fiji cannot move any higher than their present position of ninth. A big win for Tonga would move them as high as 11th

If Argentina scores a big win against Scotland today,  it might take the Pumas into ninth place relegating Fiji to 10th .

But for the time being it would be fair to judge our Flying Fijians after the November internationals against Scotland and France,

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj



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