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Scrum woes

Arin Kumar
Thursday, July 17, 2014

FORMER Flying Fijian Sisa Koyamaibole believes the Fiji Rugby Union should make changes to the coaching structure before Fiji competes at the Rugby World Cup (RWC) next year.

The versatile number eight was part of the Flying Fijians side to the 2003 and 2007 RWC tournaments and said he had watched the Vodafone-sponsored side in its matches against Samoa in Suva and the Cook Islands in Lautoka last month.

He plays for Brive in the French Top 14 competition and was in the country to help Brive head coach Nicolas Godignon negotiate a deal to open an academy at Ratu Navula College in Nadi.

Koyamaibole was impressed with how the Flying Fijians squad played and said they could get better.

He said the problem with the Fijian scrums had always been there and a change in coaching structure could bring positive results.

"I was very impressed with their game and I saw a lot of improvement," the 34-year-old said.

"But the problem with the scrums has been there for many years and it is one of our main weaknesses.

"I think FRU should get a French coach to coach the forwards because most of the forwards are playing in France."

Koyamaibole said Fijian players had a huge impact in the French rugby competition and France could offer a lot to Fiji too.

"Since most of our forwards are based in France, they are used to the techniques taught by the French coaches.

"Also, I think the forwards need more time together than just a week or two to get used to playing as a forward pack."

Koyamaibole said Fiji was drawn in a tough pool at the 2015 RWC alongside hosts England, Australia, Wales and another play-off winner which was yet to be decided.

But he said nothing was impossible and the Flying Fijians should go to the tournament with a positive mind-set.

"The pool may look tough but nothing is impossible and Fiji proved that by beating Wales at the 2007 RWC.

"When they go to the RWC, I ask the players to work together for God and country."

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