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Flying Fijians Unpredictable: Kefu

Wallaby great and Tonga coach, Toutai Kefu, is anticipating a physical and tough encounter against the Vodafone Flying Fijians in their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup opener at 3:30pm at the HFC Bank Stadium tomorrow.
01 Jul 2022 16:15
Flying Fijians Unpredictable: Kefu
The Tongan side trains at Albert Park on June 30, 2021. Ikale Tahi will take on the Vodafone Flying Fijians at 3:30pm at the HFC Bank Stadium tomorrow. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Wallaby great and Tonga coach, Toutai Kefu, is an­ticipating a physical and tough encounter against the Voda­fone Flying Fijians in their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup opener at 3:30pm at the HFC Bank Stadi­um tomorrow.

Kefu has named a strong line–up with debutants Israel Folau, Mala­ki Fekitoa and Charles Piutau to start.

Like the Flying Fijians, the Ikale Tahi does not have a local based player on their players’ list.

“Our expectations are always the same against Fiji. It’s very physi­cal, unpredictable, so we expect a very hard game,” he said.

 

Tonga has taken advantage of World Rugby’s decision last year to allow players to switch their in­ternational allegiance after a three-year break.

It has paved way for Folau, Feki­toa and Piutau to represent Tonga.

“Big bonus,” Kefu said.

“We get a lot of experience, profes­sionalism and they not only good players but very good coaches and mentors for the younger players.”

 

With the 16 Drua players in the Flying Fijians squad, Kefu hopes that the Tonga squad have played together for a while like the Drua players did in the recent Super Rug­by Pacific season.

“I was really impressed with Drua, they played very good foot­ball and they’re going to get better and better.

“And the thing is, Drua have been playing together all year but this is the first time we put this team to­gether.

“We already have one week togeth­er, we hope every week, we will get better.

“I wish we had played together like Drua for the whole year but it is what is.

“We need to be really smart about the way we play. “We got some great attacking players now so we would like to give them the ball as much as possible,” Kefu added.

 

In the first PNC match, Australia play Samoa at 1pm.

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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