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Who Can Replace McKee As Coach For The Flying Fijians?

The reason of their failure is because they did not produce the results despite being hailed as the best prepared Fijian side ever to the World Cup. We should not be carried away with how they played against Australia and Wales. The bottom line is that we lost. Period.
13 Oct 2019 13:29
Who Can Replace McKee As Coach For The Flying Fijians?

We should not take the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians failure to reach the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarterfinals lightly.

Especially under head coach John McKee who is on his second World Cup with the Fijians.

The reason of their failure is because they did not produce the results despite being hailed as the best prepared Fijian side ever to the World Cup. We should not be carried away with how they played against Australia and Wales. The bottom line is that we lost. Period.

Perhaps the only consolation was the third placing in the pool which qualifies them to the 2023 event.

Moving forward

We all want the Flying Fijians to progress. For it to happen we need to be result-oriented. This is the only way to develop and maintain that winning culture in the team.

We should do away from being on top of the world in one game and next we’re right at the rut.

We should stop being nice when we don’t get the results we want. Tax payers in this country contributed to the $2.5 million that helped prepare the Flying Fijians for the World Cup this year. So as a taxpayer we got every right to demand for answers.

Compare what McKee and his coaching staff attained at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups is nowhere near to what head coach Ilivasi Tabua and the Flying Fijians achieved in 2007.

This, if was take into consideration that Tabua was given the job less than a year to the World Cup after Wayne Pivac resigned.

Tabua’s coaching staff were mostly locals, with Reverend Jioji Rinakama as the forwards coach, backline coach was Iosefo Bele, doctor Professor Eddie McCaig, physiotherapist Cathy Wong, strength and conditioning Naca Cawanibuka, trainer Henry Elder, manager Pio Bosco Tikoisuva and the list goes on. Instead of staying at a posh hotel, they camped at (then) an average hotel along the Coral Coast.

They always took to the sand dunes for their morning runs before doing their workouts at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. The Fiji Rugby’s four-wheel drive vehicles (not a luxury coach) were often used to transport the players around with their tackle pads and other training gear.

Remember RWC 2007?

We know what happened in 2007 when they beat Wales 38-34 to qualify with Australia from the pool to the quarterfinals. This was after they had beaten Japan and Canada in their other pool matches.

Although they were pushed around in the scrums the Flying Fijians came close to beating eventual RWC winners South Africa in the quarterfinals. This was after they fought back with 14- man to hold the Springboks 20-20 midway the second spell. These are the results we want and if we’re not getting it then we need to be ruthless and demand for answers and changes as well. There’s no time of being nice when things are not good.

The decision makers at Rugby House must act in deciding McKee’s future. In my book, McKee has to go. There are other worthy contenders for the job. Again, it’s the decision makers at FRU that will decide on the type of coach they need for the job. The Japanese have shown how it’s done as they have hired Super Rugby winning coaches like Eddie Jones and Jamie Joseph. If we want to be the world‘s best then the only way is look for the money to pay for such coaches.

And the adage, ‘that if you pay peanuts and you’ll get monkeys’ always rings true. Nothing is impossible if we’re determined to make the much-needed changes for the next four-year journey. The work starts now and not tomorrow. So let’s take a look at some of the coaching contenders we should consider.

 

Colin Cooper.

COLIN COOPER(New Zealand).

Coaching Now: Chiefs (head coach)

Super Rugby: Chiefs

Comments: With no Super Rugby winning record, Cooper is a former Maori All Blacks head coach and has coached Taranaki to win the NPC and the Ranfurly Shield.
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ROBBIE DEANS(New Zealand)

Coaching Now: Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan)

Super Rugby: Crusaders

Comments: Robbie deserves a second chance for the troubles he faced while coaching Australia. He coached Crusaders to win the Super Rugby title in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006- Deans is regarded the most successful Super
a4__FRANS LUDEKE

FRANS LUDEKE (South Africa)

Coaching Now: Kubota Spears (Japan)

Super Rugby: Blue Bulls, Cats (now known as Lions)

Comments: Fiji assistant coach at the 2015 World Cup. A devout Christian and two-time Super Rugby winning coach (Blue Blues winning in 2009, 2010).

 

 

 
Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva PremiershipTABAI MATSON (New Zealand)

Coaching Now: Chiefs Assistant Coach

Super Rugby: Chiefs, Crusaders

Comments: Maternal links to Bau, Tailevu and is a Nausori-born. First non-Maori to coach the Maori All Blacks in 2013 (assisted Colin Cooper). Currently the Flying Fijians senior assistant coach at the World Cup. Has coached Bath and Canterbury when they won the
a4__RENNIEDAVE RENNIE

(New Zealand)

Coaching Now: Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)

Super Rugby: Chiefs

Comments: He coached Chiefs to win the Super Rugby title in 2012, 2013. Represented Cook Islands in rugby and New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew rates him as a world

 

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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