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‘Not Worried’

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27 Jul 2023 16:30
‘Not Worried’
FIJI Water Flying Fijians head coach, Simon Raiwalui. Photo: Leon Lord

FIJI Water Flying Fijians head coach Simon Railwaui is least worried about the side’s World Rugby rankings.

Raiwalui said this on the eve of the team’s departure for Apia to face world number 10, Manu Samoa, in the Pacific Nations Cup series match on Saturday.

Manu Samoa returned to the top 10 of the World Rugby men’s rankings early this week for the first time in nearly eight years after beating Japan 24-22 last Saturday.

With 1.43 points awarded for the win, Samoa go above Georgia and Japan, who fall to 12th, their lowest position since November 2016.

Fiji is ranked 13th while Tonga sits on number 15.

Raiwalui said he would improve certain areas for the Flying Fijians to play their best at the Punjas Pacific Battle as they countdown to the Rugby World Cup (RWC).

“We’re looking at the performance, we want to win our games,” Raiwalui said.

“Samoa has moved up the rankings with their winning form. We are just looking to improve more on what we did last week.

“Look at our new players within the squad, depths and different combinations – the actual ranking will come with results.”


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