SPORTS

Hookers Get Help

A renowned rugby veteran is helping our young hookers in the Fiji Air­ways Flying Fijians squad in France. Sunia Koto, who played in three Rugby World Cup’s (2007, 2011, 2015)
03 Nov 2018 10:45
Hookers Get Help
Veteran hooker Sunia Koto. Photo: Planet Rugby

A renowned rugby veteran is helping our young hookers in the Fiji Air­ways Flying Fijians squad in France.

Sunia Koto, who played in three Rugby World Cup’s (2007, 2011, 2015) shared his experience with Sam Matavesi, Veremalua Vu­gakoto and Mesulame Dolokoto, at the Reg. 9 Camp in Toulouse, France.

“I invited Sunia into camp only in a mentor role for our young hookers,” Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said.

The man, who made the No.2 jersey his own since he made his debut against the New Zealand Maoris in 2005 and played his last international against Ire­land last year, has been in thick of combat for the team over the years.

McKee is giving young bloods test experience in the Novem­ber internationals starting with Scotland in Murrayfield next Sunday.

With another veteran Tuapati Talemaitoga on the standby list, McKee is happy with the depth in key positions building up to the 2019 RWC in Japan.

“I am happy with the way our depth is developing across all po­sitions with the players here and some other players just outside this November group,” McKee said.

“Younger, players will get an op­portunity on this tour. It is very important that these players step up and make the most of their opportunity to put themselves in the selection frame for Japan 2019.

“They need to be committed during preparations as it’s an honour to be representing your country.”

McKee applauded the effort of the senior players in camp.

“It is always pleasing with this team the way the senior and ex­perienced players welcome new members into the group,”he said.

“The players are always made to feel welcome and encouraged to just get stuck in and get on with the job from the get go.”

McKee said they need to be in­novative in how they play the game.

“If we keep doing the same thing with our game, we will get left behind,”he said.

“For the players it suits them to be presented with new concepts and to be challenged with new ideas.

“The players get confidence from adding new components into the game plan ensuring there’s element our competitors like Scotland won’t have seen before.

“Naturally the players have some good ideas that contribute to what we’re trying to achieve.”

Yesterday, the players went through gym and skills sessions.

“Tomorrow it will be a hard fast and physical field session before we travel to Scotland”

McKee said.

The squad will regroup in Ed­inburgh tomorrow.



Five Squares 4th Birthday


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Tower Insurance
FNPF App
Covid 19 - SPC
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper