Editorial: Proper Planning Breeds Rugby Success

The growth and development of our national sport, as of late, has been a success story. With 2018 coming to a close in 49 days, we can only look back
12 Nov 2018 12:30
Editorial: Proper Planning Breeds Rugby Success

The growth and development of our national sport, as of late, has been a success story.

With 2018 coming to a close in 49 days, we can only look back and celebrate how much we achieved together as a proud rugby nation.

We can proudly say that we achieved more than what we anticipated and the spinoffs from our success on the rugby field means we are in for exciting times ahead.

Yesterday, the Fiji Rugby Union special general meeting was held at Fiji Corrections Services in Korovou, Suva, and already delegates are setting goals for the future.

Setting realistic goals and putting in the energy to achieve it has been the cornerstone of our successes and credit must go to Rugby House and the hardworking planners for plotting our way forward.

Undoubtedly if we want to succeed, we need to set goals as without goals we lack focus and direction.

Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your direction but provides a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.

2019 is another big year as we look forward to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Apart from the Pacific Nations Cup, the home and away match-ups against the New Zealand Maori are a good build-up to the four-yearly event.

Through astute planning in the last four years, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians are in better stead to compete compared with the 2015 RWC in the United Kingdom.

We have strength in depth in every position and anybody getting injured in the 11th hour will have minimal effect on the team’s preparation as we have ample cover unlike in the past.

For example in the hooker position, we have Ratunaisa Navuma, Mesulame Dolokoto, Sam Matavesi and Veremalua Vugakoto.

And in the halfback roles, we have Henry Seniloli, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika, Peni Matawalu and Nikola Matawalu.

This also gives Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee more scope for selection.

The depth in the squad is attributed to the players going through the academy and high performance programme.

It is not easy to develop a quality programme and it started to show in the results of the U20s by winning promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014.

We need our best young players to be playing against the best tier-one nations.

Our Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors also won the World Rugby Pacific Challenge for the third time in a row.

But the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua winning the Australian National Rugby Championship tops everything.

Set up to help the transition of Island-based players to Test match rugby in August 2017, the  Drua story has been one of immediate success.

It not only exposed players, but put them in a more high-performance environment over a 10-12 week period and the timing of the competition leads into the November tour perfectly.

This is the kind of competition we need to be competitive in the world of rugby.

Kudos to all those who are making our national game enjoyable, exciting and interesting to watch

Osea Bola




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