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Flying Fijians On Track For Rugby World Cup 2023

Speaking to SUNsports from London yesterday Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the young Flying Fijians, especially the local-based players put on a great game to beat Barbarians 33-31 at Twickenham on Sunday.
19 Nov 2019 12:31
Flying Fijians On Track For Rugby World Cup 2023
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Peni Matawalu fires out a pass during their warm-up session before the Test clash against Barbarians at Twickenham, London on November 16, 2019. Fiji won 33-31 to claim the Killik Cup. Photo: Ian Muir

 

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians journey to the 2023 Rugby World Cup has started, says a senior official.

Speaking to SUNsports from London yesterday Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the young Flying Fijians, especially the local-based players put on a great game to beat Barbarians 33-31 at Twickenham on Sunday.

“The outcome clearly indicates that if we continue to expose our young local-based players to good quality international competition, we’ll have great depth and competition for all positions,” he said.

“Players will start to compete for all the positions for the team to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.”

One of the standout performers was first five-eighth Teti Tela who is going to compete for the No.10 jersey against first choice Ben Volavola and Alivereti Veitokani.

Tela is being groomed by Queenslands Reds head coach and All Blacks great Brad Thorn.

Others that were impressive are loose forward Johnny Dyer who got the Man of the Match award, lock Temo Mayanavaua, Enele Malele and tighthead prop Samuela Tawake

O’Connor said they’ve achieved the purpose of the tour by exposing young players to high-level competition.

“The win was a great bonus considering all the expenses for the tour had been paid for and we also get a fair share of the gate takings.”

O’Connor said FRU management is working hard to arrange several international matches for exposure and create pathways for our young and upcoming players.

“This is all part of the pathway programme for our players starting from Under-14 right up to 18.

“This will start during the school holidays under the guidance of the High-Performance Unit.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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