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‘Competition Brings Best Out Of Flying Fijians’

Players can't afford to be comfort­able in their respective positions. These were the comments of Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cot­ter as the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad round up training to move to the West on Tuesday.
07 Jul 2022 17:55
‘Competition Brings Best Out Of Flying Fijians’
Vodafone Flying Fijians players sing the national anthem during their Pacific Nations Cup match against Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium on July 2, 2022. From left: Jiuta Wainiqolo, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Vinaya Habosi and Teti Tela. Habosi and Ravouvou were two of five debutants last week and scored a try each in their 36-0 win over Tonga. Photo: Leon Lord

Players can’t afford to be comfort­able in their respective positions.

These were the comments of Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cot­ter as the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad round up training to move to the West on Tuesday.

This indicates the depth in the squad. The availability and brilliant perfor­mance of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players saw four debutants in the last game with 10 in the match-23.

The four Drua debutants were Vinaya Habosi, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Isoa Nasilas­ila and Rusiate Nasove.

Cotter indicated there will be a slight change in Saturday’s line-up against Aus­tralia A to give game time to other players while some need to recover from injuries and fatigue.

Asked about the depth of the squad Cot­ter said: “We enjoyed it.

Samoa hooker Seillala Lam scores their first try during their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match against Australia at the HFC Bank stadium on July 2, 2022. Australia A will face the Flying Fijians on Saturday.

Samoa hooker Seillala Lam scores their first try during their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match against Australia at the HFC Bank stadium on July 2, 2022. Australia A will face the Flying Fijians on Saturday.

“The players enjoy competition that brings the best out from them,” he said.

“Competing for spots; players can’t af­ford to get comfortable.

“When players get comfortable they won’t perform their best, in this squad, players can challenge each other to rise and become the best they can.

“We will have a look at some players, No­vember is another and we can see exactly, who is ready to go.

“Even if we have injuries, we know our players who have equal quality and drive and determination to be there as well.”

The Flying Fijians will take on Australia A at 3:30pm while Tonga and Samoa play at 12pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

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