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We Need To Look To Rugby Neighbours Australia And New Zealand To Help Fix Flying Fijians Problem

We need to look to rugby neighbours Australia and New Zealand to help Flying Fijians problem
17 Oct 2019 12:24
We Need To Look To Rugby Neighbours Australia And New Zealand To Help Fix Flying Fijians Problem
Flying Fijians coach John McKee and Eddie Jones

Analysis:

The next Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach should take the team to a whole new level, the Rugby World Cup level.

Our early exit from the 2019 Rugby World Cup signals there needs to be a change on who runs the show for us for the next four years.

Fans are calling for heads to roll after the shock 27-30 loss to Uruguay

And the focus of debate, even before the 2019 RWC quarterfinals are played this weekend, is who will replace John McKee?

Already, there are reports that England coach Eddie Jones, whose contract with Rugby Football Union expires in 2021, is interested in being in charge of tier two nations like Fiji.

This was after Jones turned down an offer by Australia’s Director of Rugby Scott Johnson to replace Michael Cheika. Johnson already wants one of the Flying Fijians coaching staff, John Pryor, to team up with Rugby Australia in 2020.

Achieving the same result after two World Cups, meant McKee dropped the ball again and many thought a second chance is enough.

But we don’t have to look far and wide when we have a problem but to Australia and New Zealand.

Rugby Australia has been involving the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in their National Rugby Competition for three years in a row now and this is doing wonders in terms of development.

We could ask New Zealand Rugby to help in selecting a new coach for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

Already NZR chairman Brent Impey is sympathetic to our plight.

He was disappointed with how Pacific Island teams Fiji and Samoa continue to miss out for the top eight spots in three RWCs in-a-row.

But first, we need to follow the right processes and allow FRU and the board to do their job.

FRU chairman Francis Kean was reported as saying McKee’s contract expires in early December and the Board will follow due process similar for all employment contracts at FRU.

Kean said the FRU Board looks forward to reviewing McKee’s Rugby World Cup Report.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for early next month.

McKee will now prepare the team for the Barbarians test match in Twickenham on November 16.  Jones is coaching the Baabaas.

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