The pairing of Tevita Cavubati and Leone Nakarawa as locks for the opener against Australia is a foregone conclusion after manning those berths towards the end part of the Pacific Nations Cup and Tonga in the Pasifika challenge in Auckland.
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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.
The Flying Fijians preparing for the Rugby World Cup has the potential to break into the next level for the first time, earning a semi-final berth in England.
The road there is maybe the most difficult in terms of the opponents lined up against them but the coaching staff and players which assembled last month and the gelling of the team during the Pacific Nations Cup is phenomenal.
Coach John McKee has no qualms about the taking up the challenge being the most adeptly prepared for the mission but at the same time perplexed at the enormity of the task.