29 May, 2018, 11:45 am
FRANCE-based duo Semi Radradra and Josua ‘The Bus’ Tuisova have rewritten their rugby resumes to be the unbeatable backline pair in Fijian rugby. This is after they helped the Barbarians upset England 63-45 on Sunday.
Radradra was named the man of the match after scoring a try and setting up two crucial ones while Tuisova, who was clear to score a try, gave the ball to a teammate to score.
The Fijian pair was instrumental in the win and their performances have Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee and 7s coach coach, Gareth Baber itching to use them in next month’s June Test Series and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in USA from July 20-22.
The challenge now is for the coaches to mix the right rugby formula for the players to play in both tournaments.
McKee said a lot of hard work would be needed to successfully combine the duo and the wealth of talents in his current Flying Fijians squad.
He has named a strong Fijian list which included the duo, European Player of the Year Leone Nakarawa, Aviva Best Player of the Year Vereniki Goneva, man-mountain Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa and Jale Vatubua, to name a few.
Imagine a Fijian backline of Ben Volavola, Vatubua, Radradra, Tuisova, Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa.
“We have a lot of work to do from now to Rugby World Cup 2019,” McKee said. “Having a talented group of players is one part of the equation and a good starting point. We have to take this talented group of players as a team to levels of performance higher than they have achieved before.”
The Flying Fijians squad starts camp in Suva today. Baber, meanwhile, said: “Semi is a talented player He is playing some very good rugby for Tulon in France and he is one player who could pick up 7s very quickly. The way he plays 15s, he could transform into 7s.”
The Jerry Tuwai-captained side had its training run in London yesterday for this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby London 7s.