Rugby

Group Leaders Work With New Players

“The adage that, Rome was not build in a day rings true in this process. The target for Cotter and company is the 2023 Rugby World Cup.”
04 Nov 2021 13:00
Group Leaders Work With New Players
Members of the Vodafone Flying Fijians during their training session in Madrid, Spain on November 2, 2021. Photo: FRU Media

Leaders within the little groups of the Vodafone Flying Fijians are working closely with new players in preparation for three test matches on their Europe tour.

Interim coach Gareth Baber in a zoom meeting yesterday said head coach Vern Cotter was very much involved with selections, game structure and process.

“In relation to how any team plays as a structure and system, leaders within the groups are delivering and are working very closely with new players,” Baber said.

“Vern (Cotter) has been very much involved with selections as well; the selection of the groups as we go through the weeks,” he said.

“Cotter has said the current squad and the structure is still a working progress.

“The adage that, Rome was not build in a day rings true in this process. The target for Cotter and company is the 2023 Rugby World Cup.”

According to Baber, Cotter insists they continue to build up from where they had left off from July against the New Zealand All Blacks.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians face hosts Spain at the Universitario Completeness stadium in Madrid Sunday morning.

“I’ve been working very closely with Vern Cotter, this is a privilege for me to be here I didn’t think it would come quick for me to be here with the Flying Fijians,” Baber said.

“I’m grateful that Cotter and his staff share information that they put together last November and certainly in June and July this year.

“This is a Flying Fijian team that he is the coach off, I’m just here to fill in and do a job to ensure that we keep the continuity and the team moving forward towards the RWC 2023.”

Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Peni Ravai (first left) and Luke Tagi (second) with team members during their gym training session in Madrid, Spain on November 2, 2021. Photo: FRU Media

Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Peni Ravai (first left) and Luke Tagi (second) with team members during their gym training session in Madrid, Spain on November 2, 2021. Photo: FRU Media

Depth Chart

After missing out the New Zealand All Blacks test-match in July, Edinburgh back row Viliame Mata will be vying to get his spot back and could be the likely replacement for Johnny Dyer.

Mata who was making waves in the Guinness Pro14 last season looks set to get some game time ahead of the much-anticipated test match against Wales next week.

With captain Semi Radradra and Levani Botea out due to injuries the midfield job opportunity is open for young Eneriko Buliruarua and Vilimoni Botitu who will assist first choice centre Waisea Nayacalevu.

It’s a working progress indeed for head coach Vern Cotter as he will use this window to test young players that will carry the Fijian flag through to the next Rugby World Cup.

 



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