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Rugby World Cup: Restoring Lost Pride

As we live in a result-driven society McKee and the players must expect criticisms if they fail to live up to expectations. Especially, after McKee assured every Fijian that this is the best-prepared side to the RWC.
03 Oct 2019 12:55
Rugby World Cup: Restoring Lost Pride
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians (from left) wingers Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova and insdie centre Waisea Nayacalevu during the captain’s run on October 2, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. They take on Georgia today at 5:15pm. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

We all hope that Uruguay lives up to their promise of causing another upset win at the Rugby after their 30-27 win against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians last Wednesday they are now eyeing the scalp of either Wales or Australia.

The Uruguayans had a short turnaround after the Fiji clash and were hammered 33-7 by Georgia last Sunday.

Now the Georgians have a short turnaround as they face the Flying Fijians at 5.15 pm today. This should put the Fijians on the advantage after eight days of rest.

Head coach John McKee has named his strongest line-up in their bid to register their first World Cup win. But for the Flying Fijians, they should take heed of Waisale Serevi’s call to “beat Georgia, beat Wales and forget about the other games”.

That should be the focus right now. They need to restore lost pride. Nothing else!

This is important especially after the big investment ($2.5 million) done in terms of preparing the team and ensuring the Flying Fijians get access to better training facilities, top coaches and medical personnel, staying in posh hotels, travel in style and so on.

We should not forget the funds involved are from the taxpayers’ pockets who have every right to voice their disappointment or disapproval on the team’s performance or the coach making the wrong decisions. That’s our right.

As we live in a result-driven society McKee and the players must expect criticisms if they fail to live up to expectations. Especially, after McKee assured every Fijian that this is the best-prepared side to the RWC.

A win today is the only best way of making only some of those little things right. The people of Fiji demand nothing else, but bonus point wins over Georgia and Wales. Fijians truly deserve it and the Flying Fijians must give it to them, starting today.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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