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.
Almost a million people will tune in over breakfast to cheer on their Fliers against England
HOPES OF A NATION: Fiji fans party at The Stoop during their warm-up match for RWC 2015 against Canada. Photo: World Rugby
LONDON – When Fiji’s starting XV step out onto the turf at Twickenham Stadium on Friday they will do so with the knowledge that almost a million Fijians are backing them to go all the way.
In Fiji, kick-off is at 7am on Saturday and the majority of the population is expected to gather to watch the match. Every pass and tackle will be followed closely by friends and family back home, as well as by the Fijian community in England.
In the run-up to Rugby World Cup 2015, it is this groundswell of support that is helping boost the confidence of the Flying Fijians.
Coach John McKee said the support from the Fiji fans who came to The Stoop on 6 September to cheer on the team against Canada had been phenomenal.
The familiarity of Twickenham could be England’s 16th player. Photo: Getty Images
LONDON – England coach Stuart Lancaster believes home ground and firm grounding will help the hosts survive the pressure of the toughest pool at Rugby World Cup 2015.
England’s preparations for the tournament have been mixed. A 25-20 defeat by France in Paris in August exposed problems with their lineout and discipline at the breakdown.
However, Lancaster’s side bounced back to beat Ireland 21-13 in their final warm-up game at Twickenham on Saturday, entertaining the crowd with flamboyant tries from wingers Jonny May and Anthony Watson.
Even though England are host nation, World Cup regulations state every stadium must be treated as neutral venue
Red is the colour: England will wear their away red kit against Fiji. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
England are forced to wear their red away kit instead of traditional white for their opening World Cup match against Fiji at Twickenham despite being tournament hosts.
Fiji, who are the one other side in international rugby whose jersey is also white, won the right to wear their home kit after winning the toss at meeting of the team managers’ of all the competing nations.
As the Pacific Island side have been nominated as the ‘home’ side for the Sept 18 fixture, they will also benefit from being housed in England’s normal changing room, forcing Stuart Lancaster’s side into the smaller away changing room.