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Play Your Part

Lock forward Leone Nakarawa believes the match against the Tongans at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday should be a good test for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.
28 Aug 2019 10:36
Play Your Part
iji Airways Flying Fijians Josh Matavesi, Henry Seniloli and Leeroy Atalifo train at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 27, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The important thing is to work on our mindset and individual roles. If everyone does their job then we can function as a team- Leone Nakarawa

Lock forward Leone Nakarawa believes the match against the Tongans at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday should be a good test for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

The 52-test veteran from Mokoisa, Tavuki, Kadavu, said the Tonga test should gauge where they stand before their first match in the Rugby World Cup against the Wallabies on September 21.

“The game will be very physical as the Tongans play hard rugby,” he said.

“But that is what we need as we are trying to test ourselves. We need to be in the right mindset engaging the physical Tongans on Saturday.

“No one is perfect. It is better to improve now before the first game which is three weeks away. We have a lot of time to touch up on the basic things.”

He said they are training hard, combining well and getting better for the Pasifika showdown at Eden Park.

“The important thing is to work on our mindset and individual roles. If everyone does their job then we can function as a team.

“There is a lot of history between Fiji and Tonga as we are traditional neighbours and cousin brothers.  But on the field only the brave and the fittest survive.

“The Tongans are big and physical and they will start as favourites. We need to work together and play to plan.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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