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Beast In Team

Semi ‘Beast’ Kunatani has been called up to join the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the November internationals. And the Harlequins flanker could force his way into the starting
02 Nov 2018 09:47
Beast In Team
Semi ‘Beast’ Kunatani.

Semi ‘Beast’ Kunatani has been called up to join the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the November internationals.

And the Harlequins flanker could force his way into the starting lineup against Scotland at a sold out Murrayfield next Sunday (Fiji Time).

Named on the standby list by Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee, Kunatani is replacing Nemami Nagusa. The Newcastle Falcons number eight, who made his debut against Toulon last month, has been ruled out due to injury.

McKee said the squad went through a intense three-day training at their regulation 9 camp in Toulouse before the Europe –based players return to their clubs to prepare for their games this weekend.

“We worked mainly on the clarity of our game plan for the upcoming tests,” McKee said.

“On Tuesday we did train with some intensity and on Wednesday the Europe-based players returned to their clubs and will rejoin the group in Scotland on Sunday.

“Scotland presents a big challenge for us in our first match at Murrayfield. We are certainly focused on being at our best for the opening test.

“I am happy with the training this week and the way the new players have fitted in. We have had success against Scotland beating them in Suva last year. And we need to bring our best performance to be successful at Murrayfield.”

 

Special welcome

McKee said the eight Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players were accorded special welcome. This was after the Mosese-Voka-captained team won the Australian National Rugby Championship last Saturday.

“It was good to see the Drua players arrive in France on Tuesday,” McKee said.

“The players gave them a big welcome into the camp and there was a small ceremony congratulating them on winning the NRC.

“The Drua players joined training on Wednesday and we have introduced a few new aspects into our game across the week as well as focusing on fundamentals.

“Scotland will be tough at home and we need to ready and at our best.”

 

Scotland

Coach Gregor Townsend’s men play Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday.

The Scots have also been hit with injuries with key players Stuart Hogg, John Barclay and Zander Furguson and they have been ruled out.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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