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The Flying Fijians are developing a better performance culture as they gear toward next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.
26 Nov 2022 13:26
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Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said Simione Kuruvoli (from left), Sireli Maqala and Luke Tagi stood out at the North tour.

The Flying Fijians are developing a better performance culture as they gear toward next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

This was revealed yesterday to SUNsports by Flying Fijians head coach, Vern Cotter, after a review of their recent Europe tour.

Speaking from London, Cotter said this would involve the blending together of the experi­enced Europe-based players and the talented Fijian Drua reps.

“We need to increase our time together to build a strong culture,” he said.

He highlighted there were many positives de­spite the Flying Fijians losing 12-28 to Scotland and 17-35 to Ireland before they walloped the French Barbarians 46-14 in their final match on tour.

Cotter said one of the positives was the centre combination of Waisea Nayacalevu and Kala­veti Ravouvou.

“New players were put in new positions, like (Vilimoni) Botitu at 10 and (Sireli) Maqala at 15 against good teams.

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