McKee identifies front row project

Fiji's scrum lines up against Samoa at Bonney Field in Sacramento. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji’s scrum lines up against Samoa at Bonney Field in Sacramento. Photo: World Rugby

National coach John McKee said the Fiji Rugby Union had indentified a project for grounding front row players that would provide the core training needed to prepare them for international level matches.

McKee said World Rugby was very helpful in funding for Tier Two countries and was hoping that funding would be channelled in that part of the game for the islanders in the near future.

He said because of the rugby culture in Fiji which was based around the abbreviated sevens game, there was not enough being done in the set plays and preparing good front row forwards.

“There’s not enough being done in the set plays and younger and upcoming rugby players coming up and particular who have great shape and physicality of the front row,” Mr McKee said.

“Because of that psyche of the game there is no core development that players in the UK or France would get, so we are trying to put some structure into place and we are starting from the top down.

“We have a core of front rowers in the team that we have been working with for a while and we have a good scrum coach in, and you can see the progress we have made.

Fiji faces South Africa in the quarterfinal of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Photo: Wikipedia

Fiji faces South Africa in the quarterfinal of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Photo: Wikipedia

“Underneath that we have  some work in the islands where we are giving the 17-18 year old who are coming up some grounding in that area.

“We have great athletes, just as we have some very good wingers and backrowers and centres and locks and we also have players who have great physicality and shape to become very good front rowers.”

He said Fijian fans would need to be patient and it would not happen overnight but the game in the island nation would benefit tremendously if the project was supported and funded by World Rugby.

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