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Players knuckle down

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FORMER Wellington Hurricanes coach Alan Muir wishes he had more time to work with the Fiji Warriors players before they depart of the Pacific Rugby Cup next month.

Muir is in the country with former Wellington Lion and Bay of Plenty coach Andre Bell to conduct clinics and training sessions with provinces around the country before the start of the Vodafone Cup competition.

Both experts were involved in a training session with the Fiji Warriors in Suva yesterday where Muir engaged the forward pack in different technical scrum techniques and Bell worked with the backline to teach attacking formations.

Muir said scrum laws and techniques were constantly changing and it would be good for Fijian players to keep up to date with them.

"The scrum has moved on from being speed to contact to a more asymmetrical process — it's more about power now," he said.

"The ball is being held in the scrum a bit longer now and that is why I want to work with these boys (Fiji Warriors front row)."

He said one training session would not be enough as he would need to work with them.

"We are going out to the other parts of the country now for the next 10 days to work with the provinces.

"And I just hope I get to work with these players (Fiji Warriors forward pack) for another two days before they leave for the PRC."

Muir has worked with the Flying Fijians, national under-20 and other provinces in the past years.

Meanwhile, Fiji Warriors coach Lance Whippy said they were lucky to have the two experts work with the players yesterday.

"We were lucky they were in the country while we were training so they were brought in to assist with the two areas," he said.

The final 30-member squad for the PRC will be revealed on Friday.