Flying Fijians eye World Cup opener

The Fijian team qualified for the England Rugby World Cup after defeating the Cook Islands. Photo: BBC

The Fijian team qualified for the England Rugby World Cup after defeating the Cook Islands. Photo: BBC

Fiji already has one eye on England three weeks out from the start of Rugby World Cup.

The Flying Fijians wrapped up a fortnights training camp last week and left Nadi this morning en-route to the UK.

They have the honour of kicking the World Cup tournament off against the host nation at Twickenham.

Head coach John McKee says they’ve already started work on specifics around each of their pool opponents.

“As coaches we’ve spent a lot of time looking at the opposition: what we need to do with the playing group concentrating more on our game. What we do need to be careful of going up there – because we’ve got a number of big games – that we need to spread our emphasis across them all. Not use up too much emotional energy on the first game and then find we have to back up against Australia five days later and be emotionally spent, so we need to divide it into two little groups I think – we focus on those first two games and then we focus on the Wales and the Uruguay game”.

Fiji have one final dress-rehearsal before the tournament kicks off, against Canada this weekend at the Twickenham Stoop.

  • Radio New Zealand

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