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Measure up

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, November 09, 2012

THE Flying Fijians is planning to go all out against England and surprise them with the unique Fijian style of rugby in the northern hemisphere tour opener this Sunday at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Despite the odds stacked against the national side, the team is confident of a good outing against the highly favoured opponents.

Team manager Aseri Rokoura told Times Sport the players were in high spirits despite struggling to adapt to the cold weather in London.

He said they were banking on the support of fans in England to help them in their battle against one of the tier one giants.

"The England fans expect a lot from them after their Rugby World Cup performance last year and the team will be coming all fired up to live up to the expectations of their fans," Rokoura said. "It's a big challenge for us but we are ready for that. We have our own unique style of rugby which we will be playing and we hope to come up with something to surprise them."

The Flying Fijians have been making headlines around the globe following allegations that three Fijian players were bribed to make themselves unavailable for last year's RWC in New Zealand.

Rokoura said it was the matter for the Fiji Rugby Union to deal with the International Rugby Board and the club concerned.

"The team is not taking any notice to this saga and fully focused on the task ahead of us which is the Test match against England and our remaining matches in the tour."

Meanwhile, Rokoura confirmed former national skipper Mosese Rauluni was helping the team in its preparation.

The Saracens Academy coach, who played 43 Test matches for Fiji, has been helping prepare halfbacks Kelemedi Bola and Nikola Matawalu for the match.

Rokoura said they also had a visit from Akapusi Qera and his family and hoped for a good turnout from the Fijians residing in England this weekend.

France-based Josefa Domolailai was the only player, as of yesterday, yet to join the team because of visa problems. The team to face England is expected to be named later today.

Fiji plays England at 3.30am.


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