Kerevi, Tuqiri rate Flying Fijians

INJURED Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi and former Australian dual international Lote Tuqiri believes the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians will be among the teams to beat in next year’s Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

The duo are in the country as part of the Classic Wallabies team that played the Fijian Legends in the curtain-raiser match of the encounter between the Fiji Airways Drua against Melbourne Rising in Nausori yesterday.

“Fiji will be the team to beat if they can assemble all their top players for the next Rugby World Cup,” Kerevi said.

The Flying Fijians and the Wallabies are in the same pool in Japan with Wales, Georgia and Uruguay .

Kerevi wants to represent Australia which will give him a chance to play against Fiji for the first time in the RWC.

“I haven’t played Fiji and the Rugby World Cup next year would be an exciting time and if I am blessed enough to be part of the team,” he said.

He said the Fijian team had been building up for the RWC and it had some of the world’s top players.

“They are still building and the backline got some exciting players such as Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra and Nemani Nadolo. “Fiji will be an awesome team for the world cup.”

Tuqiri echoed Kerevi’s sentiments saying if Fijian coach John McKee plays his cards right, the Flying Fijians would be a threat to other nations.

“If Fiji gets all their top players, they will be a good side against the Wallabies,” Tuqiri said.

“The Wallabies are down at the moment after their back to back losses to the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup, but you can expect them to return at some point.”

The Fiji Legends thrashed the Classic Wallabies 55-14.

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