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Arin Kumar
Saturday, June 21, 2014

FORMER Fiji captain Netani Talei says the Vodafone Flying Fijians need to work as a cohesive unit against a team such as Samoa.

Fiji plays Manu Samoa at the ANZ Stadium at 3pm this afternoon and the robust loose forward has sent his well wishes to the team from Wales where he plays for Newport Gwent Dragons in the Pro 12 league.

He was supposed to be part of the Flying Fijians but sent a few tips to the boys here ahead of the Pacific Nations Cup fixture.

"There is so much talent within the squad that we just need to blend together and play as a team rather than individual," Talei told Times Sport via Facebook.

"So far, it's all coming to place and the boys are blending well together with the new coaches; which is a positive thing to see."

Talei said Samoa would be a tough opponent and Fiji would need to do the basics right on the field if they wanted a win and a better placing on the International Rugby Board ranking.

"Samoa is always a hard team to play against but if we stick to our game plan, work/win our set piece and plays then we should definitely move further up that IRB standings hopefully (to) 8/7 place."

"Two down two to go. Just wanna wish the boys all the best, backing the guys to come out with a win this weekend and take us into the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a good ranking."

He said so far everything had been working out well for the team and that the team had a lot of potential and playing a crucial match in the PNC on home ground was a good opportunity.

"Well, just wanted to say a big thank you to the Flying Fijians and that from the players to management to the officials that hardly get credited for their input.

"Fiji's win against the Italians and Tongans so far has shown that the Flying Fijians are capable of upsetting any team on the day.

"PNC is always a great competition to be involved in because you are playing in front of your nation, family and friends.

"To Akapusi and the Flying Fijians God bless and good luck this weekend. Toso Viti!"


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