Nemani Nadolo in action against Australia at Millennium Stadium last Saturday. Photo: Gallo Images
Fiji’s disciplinary problems are mounting as star wing Nemani Nadolo faces a World Cup judicial hearing today.
Following losses to Australia and England, Fiji are desperate to salvage some pride against a Wales side buoyed by their stunning 28-25 victory over England inspired by a kicking masterclass from flyhalf Dan Biggar.
Taniela Koroi attacks for his Tawa club in the Wellington Club competition. Photo: Stuff.co.nz
Two players have been replaced from the Flying Fijians lineup due to injury after the physical 13-28 loss to the Wallabies early Saturday.
Stade Francais centre Waisea Nayacalevu who was injured early in the match against the Wallabies has been replaced by Timoci Nagusa.
And prop Isei Colati who sustained a left knee strain during training on Saturday has moved back to his French club USON for a review has been replaced by Tevita Koroi from his Italian club Mogliano.
McKee rues first half mistakes against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Fiji coach John McKee said the Wallabies deserved a considerable amount of credit for exploiting the opportunities that presented themselves during their World Cup fixture at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.
McKee felt that his Fiji team made too many errors at critical stages during the match but also thinks the Australians were very professional during those key moments in the game.
“It was a tough night for our team tonight. We came here with high ambitions for this game and felt that if we could be at our very best, we could get a win. All credit to the Wallabies, they played very well,” said McKee after the defeat to Australia.
Nakarawa says faith gives him perspective. Photo: Zimbio
As the Rugby World Cup countdown enters the last few hours, England and Fiji are going through their final preparations. The rugby playing world will focus on Twickenham on Friday night but the Fijian players’ ultimate attention is elsewhere: on God.
When TV pundits begin their post-match analysis, keep an eye out for the Fijian team. Win or lose, they will gather to pray.
Christian Today visited the squad at their team hotel in Surrey and found that behind one of the most aggressive, physical teams in rugby, the Fijian players are united by a deeply held Christian faith.
Coach John McKee names the Fiji team to take on England in the RWC opener at the Oatlands park Hotel in London. Photo: Fiji Rugby
The naming of Ben Volavola as flyhalf by head coach John McKee against England in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2015 means Fiji will be looking at an all out attacking game.
Volavola who looks more fragile on defence looks good on attack with deft handling and kicking skills to complement the hard running centres Gabriele Lovobalavu and Vereniki Goneva.
Joining in the attacks will be fullback Metuisela Talebula who is lethal joining the centres with his abilities in scything through defences to open up running lines for the wings.
National Fiji coach John McKee trained the Fiji team simulating noises from Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images
Fiji head coach John McKee has revealed how the side have used loud speakers in training to prepare for Twickenham on Friday.
A sell-out crowd will watch the Pacific Island side face Rugby World Cup hosts England in the opening game of the 2015 tournament.
Expecting a raucous atmosphere, Fiji have prepared accordingly by attempting to recreate similar noise levels to Friday night.
“We had a little bit of a strategy earlier in the campaign in Fiji, we had a PA system playing crowd noise and the sounds from Twickenham,” said McKee.
Coach John McKee is welcomed officially by Rugby Union official Bill Beaumont. Photo: Fiji Rugby
The Vodafone led consortium of sponsors for the Fiji Rugby Union – are paying for the Prime Minister and President of FRU Voreqe Bainimarama to attend the Rugby World Cup in England.
Vodafone Fiji Chairman Ajith Kodagoda says the decision was made after World Rugby announced it was not in a position to sponsor the Prime Minister.