Flying Fijians To March Into Camp On July 1st

Coach John McKee warns Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad members to keep up with training programme and be fit when they march into camp next month
17 Jun 2019 16:35
Flying Fijians To March Into Camp On July 1st
From left; Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre Semi Radradra with Fiji Airways Fijian 7s winger Alasio Naduva bound for Welagi, Taveuni for the Radradra 7s which starts on Wednesday . Photo: Alasio Naduva

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John Mckee has urged overseas based players to keep up with their training programme before the squad will march into camp  on July 1.

McKee has named his 42-member squad on Saturday to prepare for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the New Zealand Maori and Pacific Nations Cup prior to selecting his squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

McKee has strongly urged players to continue their training programme as their main challenge now is to maximize their time for the scheduled matches building up to the RWC.

“Overseas based players have started to arrive into the country; we are doing some medical and fitness assessments.

“We will assemble on the first week of July, so they still got a couple more weeks not just to sit at home but they have to keep up with their training programme because they got to be really fit in July,” McKee said.

“The biggest thing for us for RWC is to maximize our time; we will be 10 weeks before we depart for Japan so, 12 weeks from our first match so maximize our time in terms of preparations

“It’s not just about getting the team’s combinations but getting our skill level up. It’s all about making sure that we have the fitness to be able to go against big teams, it’s a big challenge for us,” he added.
2 Super Rugby players

McKee also revealed that he is looking at two Fijian players playing in Super Rugby for the RWC squad.  The players were not listed in the 42 member squad.

“There’s still some players playing Super Rugby, which we will include later on, there’s still two to three players outside that we still looking at” he said.

It is understood that one of which will be Crusaders winger Sevu Reece.

Prove Your Worth

McKee indicated that from the 42 member squad, there is no guarantee for the players spot in the RWC squad but they will have to prove themselves as doors are still open for any Fijian players.

“We will have fitness assessment in the first week. If players do not make their mark , then they will be out of the squad  they will need to get their fitness level up.”
Head to head with Australia

Fiji is grouped alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay in Pool D and plays the Wallabies in their first match on September 21 at 5:45am (Fiji Time).

McKee focuses on giving the men in gold a tough time.

“To get out of our pool we got Australia, Wales, these are two big teams and Georgia is also a strong team as well as Uruguay, we can’t take them lightly.

“We need to go head to head with Australia play an intensive game for 80 minutes,” McKee said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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