Fiji the Fiji Islands

‘Tighten Up Defence’

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee to be in Sydney to attend World Rugby High Performance seminar.
He also highlighted areas the Drua need to work on this week before taking on Sydney Rays.

“I think going to Sydney will be very important especially to be in touch with the Drua as they have two home games coming up,” he said.

McKee added that the Fijian Drua side need to work on their defence if they want to secure a home semi-final.

“I’m assuming this week they will need to be focusing on their defence.

“They are good in attack but they will have to re-focus on their defence.  We need to touch on this as it clearly shown last weekend.”

He said a part for that the Drua side will also need to maintain their discipline.

“It has always been the focus- team discipline and yellow cards- so that is what the coaches will be looking at this week.”

Last Saturday senior players Frank Lomani and Serupepeli Vularika copped two yellow cards.



The Sydney Rays are ready to field their Wallabies Test players if they are available for their National Rugby Championship matches.

This was disclosed by Rays head coach Chris Whitaker as he searched for reinforcement players for the clash against the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side this Sunday.

“I’m open to the idea of Test players slotting back into NRC sides,” the former Waratahs halfback said.

The Rays are hoping for the availability of veteran Test lock Rob Simmons, centre Curtis Rona and star first five eight Bernard Foley.

“I’d let any Wallaby, not because I don’t respect and think the guys we’ve got are good.

“It’s because to give an opportunity for the other players to play with someone like Bernard Foley, (for) guys who play club footy, is enormous.

“The experience they gain playing alongside someone like Bernard Foley is massive.

Going down 61-40 to Brisbane City last Saturday, the Rays have No.8 Patrick Sio down with a troubled knee, hooker Damien Fitzpatrick with rib injury while Will Harrison is having problems with his ankle.

Not only that, Whitaker said former Australian 7s stars Pama Fou and Cameron Clark are both nursing hamstring strains.

Meanwhile, Canberra Vikings handed Force their first loss with a 29-19 beating  at Viking Park last night.

Force fielded former Fijian 7s powerhouse forward Masivesi Dakuwaqa who was well marked during the match.

 – Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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