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Farrell Wants The Best To Play Against Fiji

Ireland rugby head coach Andy Farrell is not carried away with the 19-16 win over South Africa. He will select his best side for the Flying Fijians Test clash on Sunday (Fiji time).
11 Nov 2022 04:00
Farrell Wants The Best To Play Against Fiji
Flying Fijians winger Jiuta Wainiqolo and hooker Mesulame Dolokoto could be given a run against Ireland on Sunday (Fiji time). Photo: Resistant

Ireland rugby head coach Andy Farrell is not carried away with the 19-16 win over South Africa. He will select his best side for the Flying Fijians Test clash on Sunday (Fiji time).

Farrell says he won’t have to remind the players that the next game is just as important as the last one.

“Well, it is, because we trust and believe in our preparation,” he told The 42.

“And that’s why when Stuart (McCloskey) has an injury and Jimmy (O’Brien) slots in, it is seamless. And that’s why he makes people feel that he is ready.

“No matter what the side is re­garding injuries or whatever, it will be our best side for the occa­sion against Fiji.

“I watched 50 minutes of their (Fiji) match before ours on Sat­urday and they were good. You’ve got to be consistent in this game and the lads who take the field next weekend will know that.”

The Flying Fijians lost to Scot­land 28-12 after trailing 14-12 at halftime.

Front row threat

Looking ahead to the Test, Aus­tralian-born Ireland prop Fin­lay Bealham is conscious of the threat posed by Fijian up front.

“Of course I’d love to be involved whether it’s number 3 or 18,” he said.

“Everytime you pull on the jer­sey it’s a very proud thing to do and I love it so much. Fingers crossed I’ll be involved.

“Looking at Fiji, they’ve shown a really good scrum against Scot­land and looking back at the in­ternationals over the summer they’ve got some big boys up front.

“They’re well drilled– we’re go­ing to have meet that challenge head on.

“We had a pretty tough scrum­maging session today and another one tomorrow. That’s why we’re a bit tired now,” Healy added.

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