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O’Connor: Positive End To A Tough Year

The fixtures for the new Autumn Nations Cup have been confirmed yesterday with the competition replacing the customary November programme. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor welcomed the
12 Sep 2020 15:06
O’Connor: Positive End To A Tough Year
John O’Connor.

The fixtures for the new Autumn Nations Cup have been confirmed yesterday with the competition replacing the customary November programme.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor welcomed the exciting news as a positive end to a tough year for the global game.

“After the last few weeks of negotiations, we are thrilled to be invited to compete in this landmark competition.” he said.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a more exciting way to embark on a fresh journey for the Flying Fijians under head coach Vern Cotter than the chance to play in this Autumn Nations Cup.

“This is a great opportunity for the Flying Fijians to challenge themselves and to build our depth against the world’s top nations as we work towards Rugby World Cup 2023.”

World Cup finalists England have been drawn in Group A alongside Ireland, Wales and Georgia, while France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji comprise Group B.

The unique eight nation tournament will take place over four weekends between November 13 to December 6 with traditional 6 Nations England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France being joined by Georgia and Fiji.

The Flying Fijians will kick off their campaign the second week of the tournament in a blockbuster against France on Sunday,  November 15.

Fiji will then meet Italy on November 21 before heading to Murrayfield to play Scotland in the final round on November 28.

Meanwhile, the rugby fraternity mourns the death of former Fijian 7s  rover and 1997 World Cup Sevens winner Lemeki Koroi.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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