Fiji’s fullback Kini Murimurivalu goes over for the try against Uruguay at the mkStadium in Milton Keynes, England. Photo: World Rugby
Full-back Kini Murimurivalu, in speaking to Sports Mole, has praised the contribution that John McKee has made to Fijian rugby.
New Zealand-born McKee took charge of Fiji last year and has since guided the team to glory in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, as well as having received plaudits for the style in which his side have played at the Rugby World Cup.
Nemani Nadolo attacks for Fiji against Uruguay in their Pool A match at mk Stadium in Milton Keynes, England. Photo: World Rugby
Fiji ended their Rugby World Cup campaign on a high with a 47-15 win over 14-man Uruguay in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
John McKee’s men were determined to end the tournament on a positive note after coming in with such high hopes, and did so by scoring seven tries, including two penalty tries stemming from their dominant scrum.
Fiji has a good chance to pick up a bonus point win against Uruguay. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji will fancy their chances of picking up their first win of Rugby World Cup 2015 in tomorrow morning’s (Tuesday UK time) clash with Uruguay in Milton Keynes.
Fiji and Uruguay have met each other on one occasion in which they both awarded caps, a 1999 Test match in L’Aquila, Italy which Fiji won 39-24.
The Uruguay team appeared relaxed ahead of their match with Fiji. Photo: BBC
After suffering the biggest defeat so far of any team at the Rugby World Cup, Uruguay might be forgiven for feeling despondent.
But that is not how this group of largely of amateur players is recovering from the 65-3 drubbing inflicted upon them by Australia in Group A.
Facing Fiji on Wednesday morning (Tuesday UK time), the team is confident it has got a chance of winning.
Wales coach Warren Gatland watches his team play Fiji last Friday. Photo: WalesOnline
After surviving what he called the “group of hell,” Wales coach Warren Gatland was scathing of a Rugby World Cup draw that was based on rankings three years ago and resulted in his team ending up in Pool A with two-time champion Australia, 2003 winner England, and Fiji, a team that easily could have contended for the quarterfinals.
England’s back-to-back losses to Wales and Australia meant a host team became the first to miss out on the quarterfinals. Gatland, a New Zealander, was stuck between a rock and a hard place while watching the game at Twickenham on Saturday — needing Australia to beat England to ensure the pool would be decided before his Wales team meets the Wallabies next week, which came with the unpalatable concept of being a Kiwi supporting his archrival Aussies in a sporting contest.
INAC will this time supply Los Teros
Uruguay’s national rugby team Los Teros which is participating in World Cup in Englandhave been provided with Uruguay’s world-class prime beef supplied by the National Meat Institute of Uruguay, INAC.
INAC has a long established policy of supporting Uruguay’s national football teams with prime beef, and this time has decided to make that support extensive to Los Teros, which is the only amateur team participating at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Los Teros prepare for the match against Fiji tomorrow morning. Photo: Northampton Chronicle
Moulton College has welcomed the Uruguay national rugby team as it acts as a team base during the Rugby World Cup.
Los Teros squad of 31 players and 18 staff arrived at the Northampton-based College ahead of their third pool match against Fiji tomorrow (October 6 UK time) at MK Stadium. The team will be making use of the rugby pitch, swimming pool, sports therapy centre, cryotherapy chamber and free weights gym during their nine days at Moulton.
The rugby pitches at Moulton College have undergone intense preparation for the Uruguayan team through extensive fertilisation and scarification with overseeding taking place in May with ten bags of seed. They have also been top dressed with 116 tonnes of sand and mowed twice a week, ensuring they meet England Rugby’s stringent requirements.