Wallabies Forwards Coach Simon Raiwalui Wary Of Flying Fijians Depth

Wallabies forwards coach praises McKee for putting structure in place    
26 Jun 2019 15:18
Wallabies Forwards Coach Simon Raiwalui Wary Of Flying Fijians Depth
Wallabies forwards coach and former Flying Fijians captain Simon Raiwalui. Photo: Leone Cabenatabua

The Australian Wallabies are holding their weekend camps as they set their target on their Rugby World Cup opener against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the Sapporo Dome, Japan on September 21.

Speaking to SUNsports, Wallabies forwards coach and former Flying Fijians captain, Simon Raiwalui said the current Fijian squad cannot be compared to his time.

He highlighted that Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has put a structure in place that has added depth to the national team.

“McKee has done a tremendous job,” he said.

“This was not in place during my time. I just saw the other day there were 40 to 50 players. They can call in any player but still keeps the strength of the team.”

Raiwalui who has played 43 Test matches for Fiji said the Wallabies would have to work and train harder for the RWC in September.

The Tubou, Lakeba, Lau native said although he works for Rugby Australia, he always has Fiji at heart.

He said the 1999 RWC was a memorable time for them as they played under coach Brad Johnstone.

“We the members of the team at times manage to get in touch through social media and even while in Wales I met up with Emori Katalau (who was his locking partner).”

Raiwalui said Fijian players Isi Naisarani and Rob Valetini have showed a lot of promise playing in the Super Rugby competition.

“They are great talents who have worked hard on their skills. They have a good chance of playing for the Wallabies. Isi has done well and is a disciplined player on and off the field while Valetini has a big body and a big future as well.”

Edited by Grace Narayan

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