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Cotter Here, May Meet PM

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter is in the country. Cotter confirmed that he would also fly over to Australia to join the Drua squad.
20 Mar 2022 10:00
Cotter Here, May Meet PM
Flying Fijian head coach Vern Cotter (left), with New Zealand 7s men’s coach Clark Laidlaw at the Churchill Park, Lautoka, on March 18, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter is in the country.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Cotter said the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua stood a good chance of beating the Force in today’s Super Rugby Pacific clash at the Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Cotter could also be watching one of the opening round of the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship matches, which gets underway today.

The wily coach said he was in the country for 10 days and would meet up with Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor, Fiji National Sports Commission executive chairman Peter Mazey and probably the Prime Minister and FRU president, Voreqe Bainimarama.

Cotter confirmed that he would also fly over to Australia to join the Drua squad.

“I’m looking at individuals more than going as a team although I appreciate what the team is trying to do,” Cotter said of the Fijian Drua.

“I think the team has improved, that’s one thing we can say as they’re getting better. They’re playing a simpler brand of rugby and playing to their strengths, with their explosive ball carries and holding on to the ball and rolling in tries.”

He praised the Drua’s set piece saying it was getting better and showing more structure.

“I have high expectations of them. I think they can win the game tomorrow (today), It’s a game that can be targeted and won,” he said.

“It’ll be growth and maturity within the team to be able to play a game and go close against the Reds. Then to pick it up next week and improve and be the force you know. That’s the challenge within the group.”



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