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McKee wants change to help our running rugby style

Emoni Narawa
Friday, May 30, 2014

VODAFONE Flying Fijians head coach John McKee says Fiji must broaden its expansive rugby to suit the modern day game.

While Fiji's traditional running game is always a threat on the world stage, McKee feels adjustments need to be done to complement the modern game.

He said Test matches were very competitive and tough to play. McKee said Fiji should also play a direct game that could create opportunities to its backline with players such as Nemani Nadolo, Metuisela Talebula, Sireli Bobo, Timoci Nagusa, Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Napolioni Nalaga.

"The strength of Fiji rugby is in their running rugby and having backs and forwards who can play to field running," he said.

"But we must also play direct games. Control the game to build pressure, wherever you want to buy the defence instead of just throwing the ball around."

McKee rates the Flying Fijians outside backs as world class players.

"We must develop a direct straight game where we can develop quick ruck ball that will allow us to let our runners to have opportunities to beat their men and I think the finishers we have we do not even need overlaps with the finishers we've got the world class players where on one-on one situations with some space they can beat their opponents."

He added work needed to be done to unleash the outside backs.

"We've got world-class players but we must do the groundwork to score points.

"Also there's an increase in tries which are scored from counter-attacks, turnovers and quick throw-ins.

"I think we must exploit that game because that suits the Fijians game when the defence is a little bit unstructured.

"I think if we can really develop that counter attacking game, I think that's where we can be most dangerous."

Meanwhile McKee is yet to confirm the second overseas-based player who will be ruled out because of injury.

Fiji plays Italy in its opening match of the June Test series next week on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

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