Rugby

Lomani And Togiatama Join Camp, Jiuta Rests

Joining the Flying Fijians camp in Cardiff yesterday were New Zealand based hooker, Zuriel Togiatama and star halfback, Frank Lomani.
10 Nov 2021 15:23
Lomani And Togiatama Join Camp, Jiuta Rests
Vodafone Flying Fijians in Cardiff, Wales. From left: Waisea Nayacalevu, Vilimoni Botitu, Nikola Matawalu, Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani, Eroni Mawi and Zuriel Togiatama.

Vodafone Flying Fijians winger, Jiuta Wainiqolo is resting and is not be available for selection against Wales next Monday (Fiji time).

Wainiqolo who had a concussion in the early minutes against Spain this week has been ruled out of the game.

Interim coach, Gareth Baber has indicated that Wainiqolo is being monitored daily.

Joining the Flying Fijians camp in Cardiff yesterday were New Zealand based hooker, Zuriel Togiatama and star halfback, Frank Lomani.

“Frank was always going to be with us. It was just an issue that he had not come out to Spain first,” Baber said.

“Yes, he’s available for selection to potentially be in the squad. He had his first training,” he said.

“It’s good to have Frank you know, he has lived and played in the United Kingdom, he understands the rugby here.

“As far as the game plan is concerned, it’s you know, misty from last weekend. First and foremost, we realise we’ve got to pick up the intensity in our game.”

Coaching a team to play against his home team, Baber said this would be a challenge as a former Wales player.

“You know, we did some good stuff against Spain, but we didn’t feel that we were clinical enough.

“We weren’t intense enough in our physicality in the game. I think I do know about Wales in the Principality Stadium as they will be physical and they will drive to make quick game.

“So we’re working on things to counter that. Not to obsess about them, but to certainly understand the way we want to play that we want to play as Fiji.

“But that has to come with real strong foundations in the way we play the game and before we can get to the stage of rugby that we do love to play we know that we have to do some hard work.

“And we have to execute our place with a degree of accuracy to allow us to do that. So you know there’s going to be pressure in the game to a great stadium,” Baber added.

 



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