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EDITORIAL: Test Build-Up For 2019 RWC At Murrayfield

Less than a month before the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians play Scotland, rugby fans are making sure they do not to miss the opportunity. As of yesterday, only 1500 tickets
14 Oct 2018 12:55
EDITORIAL: Test Build-Up For 2019 RWC At Murrayfield
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

Less than a month before the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians play Scotland, rugby fans are making sure they do not to miss the opportunity.

As of yesterday, only 1500 tickets were left to be sold at the 67,144-seat Murrayfield Stadium for the November 10 international fixture.

This is the eighth Test between the two nations and fans from both sides have their own reasons to be there to witness it, apart from being a dress rehearsal for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Scotland and Fiji have contested a total of seven Test matches since their first meeting in 1989. Scotland have won five while Fiji have won two.

The Scots will definitely want to avenge the 22-27 de­feat in Suva last year while the Fijians will want to score their first win at Murrayfield.

This is why fans are looking forward to the occasion because it offers more than just the outcome, but a repu­tation to defend or creating a first as far as the Fijians are concerned.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has already put a plan in place in his bid to achieve the possible.

He has been monitoring the overseas-based players throughout the year knowing he will face an uphill bat­tle against Tier One nations.

Scotland will warm up against Wales a week earlier at the Principality Stadium before returning to Edinburgh to host Fiji

The Wales game will provide Test-level build-up for the Scots while the Fijians will rely on the game time of our players playing overseas.

But, this is the way forward for Tier Two nations like Fiji because we can only gauge our progress playing Tier One countries.

That is how Test rugby is being contested and ranked and it would be a wonderful occasion if we can silence the Scottish crowd at Murrayfield for once.

The challenge is always there for our Flying Fijians to achieve the impossible.

We have not beaten France and that is another chal­lenge for our men as we prepare for the 2019 RWC.

Apart from Georgia and Uruguay, we have Wales and Australia in Pool D. And we need to finish first or second in the pool to qualify for the cup quarterfinals.

That is another challenge.

Due to the injuries sustained by our prominent players such as Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa, Vereniki Gon­eva, Waisea Nayacalevu and Api Ratuniyarawa, the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua can provide back up.

Unlike in the past, we have ample rugby stocks on the local front made possible by competing in the Austral­ian National Rugby Championship and Skipper Cup Premiership and the Vodafone Vanua Championship.

We can only thank the Fiji Rugby Union for providing the development pathway and World Rugby for its assis­tance.

We have the world to conquer in Tokyo next year. And the ideal venue to start Fiji’s campaign will be Murray­field next month.

McKee’s men can achieve the impossible because it’s possible.

 

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