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November Tests Still On: O’Connor

Vern Cotter and coaching staff’s analysis indicate the need for local teams to lift their performance in the Skipper Cup Premiership Accredited coaches are urged to help local coaches Namosi v Naitasiri double-header rated as one of the best games so far
29 Aug 2020 13:26
November Tests Still  On: O’Connor
John O’Connor.

The Fiji Rugby Union is confident that the Six Nations one-off eight-team tournament set for November is still going ahead.

This was after overseas media reports indicated from a source that Japan have withdrawn due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the tournament now in jeopardy.

When contacted yesterday FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor indicated that in their meeting early Thursday morning nothing of such thing was discussed.

“We still know that the tournament is going ahead and we are preparing for it. Like I said before this tournament is good for our rugby,” O’Connor said.

Group One consists of England, Ireland, Wales and Fiji while Group Two has got Scotland, Italy, France and Japan.

Meanwhile, O’Connor pointed out that from discussions with Flying Fijians coach Vern Cotter they are looking at ways to improve the level of play in the Skipper Cup Premiership.

O’Connor said these are areas of holding onto the ball and playing it (ball) for a longer period of time. This is where they need to speed up play. From Cotter and the assistant coaches’ analysis they have indicated that during the Skipper Cup, in an 80-minute game, the ball is actually in play for about 20 minutes.

This is compared to 35-40 minutes which is of international standard.
Speaking to SUNsports O’Connor said the Flying Fijians coaching staff have been analysing the game and found that we are below that standard.

He also said Cotter had urged accredited coaches here to work with local coaches.

“We should be looking at 40 minutes so Cotter has identified work on these as our accredited coaching people like Koli (Sewabu) has started discussing with provincial coaches’’.

According to their analysis, one of the best games so far was the double- header clash between Naitasiri and Namosi at Thomson Park, Navua.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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