RWC 2019: No Guts, No Glory Says Former Star Winger Vilimoni Delasau

The former Super Rugby (Crusaders and Highland­ers) winger called on the players to have a heart for their country.
15 Sep 2019 18:22
RWC 2019: No Guts, No Glory Says Former Star Winger Vilimoni Delasau
Members of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians side in Japan.

One of the legendary Flying Fijians winger has called on the John Mc­Kee-coached side to stay focused on what they are going to do in Japan.

Speaking to SUNsports, winger Vilimoni Delasau has urged the Flying Fijians man­agement to ban the players from social me­dia until they finish from the Rugby World Cup.

“They should not take things lightly, remember the Rugby World Cup happens every four years, so this is their chance, so they must make use of it,” said Dela­sau, whose breathtaking performance saw him score spectacular tries in the 38-34 win over Wales and later against eventual winners South Africa in the quarterfinals of the 2007 RWC.

“Focus is the main thing that they should have in big tournaments like this.”

He added the players needed to fo­cus on the job that they are assigned to do at the World Cup in Japan.

“Think about the job and the fact that they were selected to do some­thing. They should keep in mind the support that Fijians back at home have for them. Re­member it’s always an honour to play for our country. “They should be reminded that out of the thousands of rugby players around the country and abroad they were selected. So now that they are se­lected, they should not lose focus but con­centrate on what they are called for.”

Delasau said dis­cipline and focus are two impor­tant components that must be with the Flying Fijians as they prepare for their RWC opener against Aus­tralia on Septem­ber 21 at the Sapporo Dome.

“Play­ers need to know the importance of discipline on and off the field. It’s the small things that they do counts heading to our first match and the entire World Cup cam­paign.

“Discipline plays a very important role, it’s easy, we just got to listen to simple instruc­tions and follow them.

“We do something together as a team and we agree or disagree to­gether.”


The former Super Rugby (Crusaders and Highland­ers) winger called on the players to have a heart for their country.

“They should learn to be patriotic for their country, to fight for their coun­try till the last whistle in every game.

“They should enjoy themselves when they play but at the same time execute the game plan right.”


Delasau also offered a few words of ad­vice to the current Flying Fijian wing­ers.

“To the wingers please look for work and hunt for the ball. When we have possession also try to be present and avail yourselves whenever we get opportunities in the game.”

“In the previous World Cup teams we were nothing when compared to other teams in term of resources.

“Our forwards were al­ways pushed around be­cause we did not have proper coaching and resources to help our forwards.

“Compared to the for­wards and the tight fives we’ve today, they have all the proper coaching that can match Tier 1 teams.

“I believe the coach and management should set rules for the team that will help them focus more on the job they are there for.

“Things like social media should be shut out of the team as this can be the major cause of distraction for the players.”

Delasau called on fans to pray for the team.

“Let’s back the boys as they start their cam­paign against the Wallabies next week.”

The match kicks-off at 4.45pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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