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Improve forwards

Maciu Malo
Monday, July 14, 2014

THE Flying Fijians need more in-depth coaching in the forwards to help them evenly contest against Tier One rugby nations.

This is the view of former Australian dual international Lote Tuqiri as the side braces for a titanic battle against former world champions England, Australia and Six Nations giant Wales in next year's Rugby World Cup.

The former NSW Waratahs winger said scrums, line-outs and set pieces had been Fiji's major downfall over the past years.

"I am not a forward but I believe we need more in-depth coaching to help our forwards do better against top teams," said Tuqiri.

"IRB is helping other top teams in their coaching techniques and styles and this is one area we should work on to evenly contest against top rugby nations.

"The fact that a lot of Fijian forwards are playing overseas and in Europe will help the forward play but we need more in-depth coaching."

The Namatakula native said Fiji needed to play regularly with top rugby nations to improve its performance.

"We also need to face tougher opponents regularly," said Tuqiri.

The former Queensland rugby league player has also declared his intention to help develop rugby league in Fiji.

Tuqiri said sharing his experience with the Fiji Bati players in the near future had been one of his objectives.

"I haven't thought about coming back to help rugby league in Fiji."

"But I am towards the end of my career maybe in a year or two I would be happy to help Fiji rugby league going forward.

"We need to face tougher opponents because it is the only way we can gauge our standings and improve on."

The 34-year-old flyer has represented the Wallabies 67 times between 2003-2009 and scoring a massive 30 tries.

He played 89 Super Rugby games for the Waratahs before joining Leicester Tigers.

Tuqiri also represented the Kangaroos on nine occasions and played six games for Queensland in the State of Origin.

He was the first Fiji Bati skipper that featured in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup before representing the Wallabies at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

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