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Byrne Tells Of His Players’ Attitude

The ‘never say die’ attitude of the Swire Shipping Fijian players has captivated head coach, Mick Byrne. Speaking in a press conference after their 33-12 loss to the Brumbies on Saturday night, he said the players kept coming back week after week.
11 Apr 2022 11:24
Byrne Tells Of His Players’ Attitude
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua fullback Kitione Ratu offloads the ball after being caught by Brumbies fullback Tom Wright during their Super Rugby Pacific match at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, on April 9, 2022. Photo: Kev Nagle Photography

The ‘never say die’ attitude of the Swire Shipping Fijian players has captivated head coach, Mick Byrne.

Speaking in a press conference after their 33-12 loss to the Brumbies on Saturday night, he said the players kept coming back week after week.

“They (players) will never put their heads down,” Byrne said.

“Such attitude is massive as they have the ability to keep on going.”

Byrne said on Mondays, like any other Super Rugby teams, they’ll always hear apologies and then they would move on.

He said this is part of the learning process and at times when results don’t go our way we tend to be too critical.

“We are still finding our way and learning as we go on.”

Byrne indicated that he was happy with the way they played the Brumbies but it would have been nicer if they did not score their bonus point try in the final stages of the game.

He was pleased that utility back Kitione Taliga, prop Jone Tiko and loose forward Raikabula Momoedonu were able to make their Super Rugby debut.

Bryne indicated that they are taking on the challenge of playing the New Zealand teams starting with the Blues on April 23 at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia, before flying to Suva to face the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium on April 30.

“Super Rugby before was between New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

“Most of these players grew up watching their heroes playing for these teams but now they are playing against them and this what motivates them,” he added.



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