FNRL to start RLWC preparation early

THE Fiji National Rugby League will start its preparations for the 2021 World Cup early.

The Fiji Bati bowed out of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after going down to Australia 56-6 in the semi-final last Friday.

The Fiji Bati team officials returned from Australia yesterday.

FNRL vice chairman Peni Musunamasi said the team played better than the previous two semi-finals.

Musunamasi said Australia capitalised on their mistakes.

“We beat former champions New Zealand in the semi-final,” he said.

“So it was much better reaching the third semi-final in a row. We came up against the defending champions the Kangaroos.

“I guess we made a lot of mistakes which the opposition capitalised on.

“I would say that we played better than in the last few World Cups. Of course what we have learnt is that we need to prepare better.

“The plan needs to start before we come to the World Cup year. We need to look at the potential World Cup players from before.

“We don’t need to leave it to the World Cup year.”

Musunamasi said the support they received was overwhelming.

“We have the Kalawa program,” he said.

“We need to start from next year until 2021. The support has been overwhelming.

“The messages on the social media were amazing which really inspired the players.

“The support came from all over the world.

“Our brothers in the British Army and the military personnel in the Middle East were helpful.

“It really motivated the players. We need to prepare better now.”

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