McKee praises Matawalu

 Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

National coach John McKee praised halfback Nikola Matawalu who scored twice and set up another try for Waisea Nayacalevu in the first half  against Canada before limping off before halftime.

“He is recognised as a very classy player and will be an excitement in the tournament (Rugby World Cup),” McKee said during the post-match press conference at the Stoop across the road from Twickenham.

McKee told reporters that Matawalu had bruising to his upper thigh but the injury did not pose any threat to his donning the number nine strip for the opener against England on September 18.

He said it was precautionary measure taking him off the field before half time and it was nothing serious.

He said the same would have happened to any player during the friendly match and any player getting a small knock would have been immediately taken off the ground.

“Nikola is an exceptional player and is quite familiar over here with his exploits with Glasgow and then now coming to Bath and he is recognised as a very classy halfback he is going to be exciting in the tournament,” McKee said.

Matawalu joined the Glasgow Warriors in the Pro 12 league in the 2012-13 season and will be joining English Premier club Bath in the coming season.

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