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Doing A Better Job Playing Catch Up To Rugby Giants

Analysis: Fans still talk about the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. You can’t blame them because simply put, the pain of defeat will always
09 Nov 2019 13:36
Doing A Better Job Playing Catch Up To Rugby Giants
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani.

Analysis:

Fans still talk about the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

You can’t blame them because simply put, the pain of defeat will always hard to swallow. That is understandable.

But consequently, the boredom and suffering will ease and eventually a thing of the past as time is always a great healer.

Fans need to drown their sorrows once and for all and look to the future for solace and comfort. This is the way forward in the name of rugby progress.

We need to get into the grip and understand the complexities of professional rugby nowadays.

We need to do away with the tunnel vision mindset that we are the best in the game simply because we are naturally gifted as Flying Fijians.

Our loss to Wales and Australia in consecutive RWC (2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) clearly reflects where we stand as a tier two nation.

Despite claiming a few of tier one scalps, we need to do a better job on playing catch up to make a mark in the world of rugby.

In the name of progress, this is the way forward.

We need to do a better job in the next four years catching up and bridging the gap.

New Generation

Today a new generation of players depart Nadi enroute to London for the clash against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

Comprised of locals, this is a step in the right direction as we try to build for the future.

Playing in one of the iconic stadiums in the world is an occasion itself.

Often our players got carried away and in the process beaten by the sheer volume and size of the complex.

This should be a good learning experience for our locals playing in Twickenham and against rugby stars including a few of the RWC winning Springboks.

New Coach

Head coach John McKee has openly stated he wants to be in charge right through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris.

While his contract expires next month, the Fiji Rugby Union will advertise for the post to get the best candidate.

But with the sudden movement and retirement of coaches after the RWC, it would be hard to lure the best to our shores.

Steve Hansen (New Zealand), Warren Gatland (Wales), Michael Cheika (Australia), Joe Schmidt (Ireland) and Jamie Joseph have given their best and for so many years to respective countries.

So what options are available to us?

Money talks and buys and it’s hard competing with Rugby Australia who are keen to secure the services of former Chiefs mentor Dave Rennie, who is currently head coach of the Glasgow Warriors.

Former national rep Tabai Matson, who was a member of McKee’s coaching staff in the past two RWC will assist Gatland for the Super Rugby franchise in 2020 which rules him out.

Retaining McKee with local coaches to understudy and take over after 2023.

Our local coaches may have World Rugby accreditation but need to be in charge of national teams to get the nod.

The only one who is closing to meeting the criteria is Fiji Airways Fijian Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

This is in comparison with 26 coaches in New Zealand who are eligible to replace Hansen.

So we need to do it right, plan smart, make wise and bold decisions to enable us to do a better job playing catch up and eventually be on par with the best in the business.

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