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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby 4N » Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 15:25

Canalina wrote:
Bruce_ma_goose wrote:Depending on what Tier2 Italy play in November they will keep alive the dream of a perfect losing season. That should keep you happy :p

If calculations are correct , italy won 1/23 matches this year: 0/7 with the main team, 0/2 with the emerging, 1/9 with the u20, 0/5 with the women
We rock! :P


You take it in stride Canalina. :)

But I do get a bit sick of reading articles like this. Fiji and Georgia both had superior Junes yet here we have another article (something that could have been written circa 2006 honestly) about how Italy are slowly but surely turning a corner. I'd hope so, given all of the opportunities Italian rugby gets.

http://www.rugby365.com/countries/italy ... tive-force

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 19:07

The only way we can fight it is to share links to any articles about Tier2 & 3 countries that somehow reach the media and post comments on them to show that there is an interest. For example when last year Planet Rugby published an article or two on Romanian rugby.

Or perhaps write a piece yourself and submit it to a website (I believe the above Romanian piece was not by a professional journalist (apologies if I'm wrong on that)).

And yes, I am sorry for Tier2 but Italy are turning a corner and I was impressed by some of their play against Fiji and Australia. This time next year I think they will have had a 100% improvement... 2 wins in 23 games at all levels!

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby honestly_united » Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 11:27

Congratulations to Fiji, deserved victory in the end. Was this a stronger than normal team for Fiji, ie did you get more French based players released than normal? Probably playing Scotland suits Fiji out of all the Tier 1's as we are not set piece or Maul dominated team and actually try and play rugby which probably plays into Fiji's hands as they do it so much better.

Nakarawa was sublime as always (can we get him back in Glasgow please!!) but made me smile when he kicked straight to touch with a chip down the line, even the worlds best player can make mistakes!

I could sit and make excuses why Scotland lost, but it was Fiji's day and dont want to take anything away from them. I thought we would get the win and it would be a similar game to the one in 2012. I just wish more countries would take the opportunities to play against the T2 nations

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 22:17

sk 88 wrote:Was this really Tuisova's debut? Feels like he's been playing for Toulon for years


he has been playing for Toulon for 4 years now but luck was never on his side when it came to playing for Fiji, he was always "injured" come the test season, i always figured he was being forced by Mourad to not play for his national team and i'm sure he did..good to see him play, i hope he stays for 3 more weeks cause the test window ends on june 30th and french based players are usually forced to go back to their french clubs and fiji's tests against tonga and samoa are on July 8 and 15th . ..

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby tryman » Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 22:23

Warpath wrote:
sk 88 wrote:Was this really Tuisova's debut? Feels like he's been playing for Toulon for years


he has been playing for Toulon for 4 years now but luck was never on his side when it came to playing for Fiji, he was always "injured" come the test season, i always figured he was being forced by Mourad to not play for his national team and i'm sure he did..good to see him play, i hope he stays for 3 more weeks cause the test window ends on june 30th and french based players are usually forced to go back to their french clubs and fiji's tests against tonga and samoa are on July 8 and 15th . ..


He must enjoy being home for the best part of a month though. I think given the upcoming games are World Cup qualifiers he'll be allowed to stay on. Poor fella will have next to no rest when he goes back to preseason at Toulon.

Fiji are having great fixtures this past month, Australia, Italy, Scotland, Samoa & Tonga. Realistically it doesn't get much better then that. Gives McGee good time with the players.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Wed, 28 Jun 2017, 14:13

yeah we need to beat samoa and Tonga to avoid the Pool of death and playing them at their home will be really fucking hard :( if our france based players are forced to leave, we will be farked :(

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 07:00

Warpath wrote:
sk 88 wrote:Was this really Tuisova's debut? Feels like he's been playing for Toulon for years


he has been playing for Toulon for 4 years now but luck was never on his side when it came to playing for Fiji, he was always "injured" come the test season, i always figured he was being forced by Mourad to not play for his national team and i'm sure he did..good to see him play, i hope he stays for 3 more weeks cause the test window ends on june 30th and french based players are usually forced to go back to their french clubs and fiji's tests against tonga and samoa are on July 8 and 15th . ..


What can Toulon really do if Tuisova wants to stay for Fiji? Any team would want to have Tuisova, Toulon can't afford to lose him. I did see Tuisova post a video on instagram of him in the Fiji camp yesterday, so hopefully that means he'll be there for the PNC. Don't know about the others though, possible the likes of Nakarawa could go back, hence why he played in all 3 games so far.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Mon, 03 Jul 2017, 05:13

yeah but WR has a rule on RWC Qualifiers which forced clubs to release the players, same as the June window rule, hopefully players are not forced to make excuses to leave just cause their clubs are forcing them to return and do nothing really cause the next T14 season starts in late August... Tuisova has signed till May 2019 for Toulon

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby JRugbyPodcast » Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 08:31

Hi everyone, if you're interested in hearing more from Fiji's new S&C coach, John Pryor, please listen to the following podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-260271034/3 ... 72017-1451 He talks about his hopes for 2019, and also some of his unique training strategies...

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 23:34

That assistant coach Fiji hired (brumbies defence coach) did not take part in the PNC :(

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