19th September 06:26 AM
Flying Fijians - Road to the Rugby World Cup 2019
By Fijivillage
Wednesday 18/09/2019

Flying Fijians are excited as they head for the final preparations before the big match on Saturday-Mckee (Wednesday 18/09/2019)

By: Naveel Krishant / Shanil Singh

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach, John McKee says he is making sure the players have clarity in terms of their game plan against the Wallabies on Saturday.

While speaking from Japan, McKee says the players are excited as they head for the final preparations before the big match on Saturday.

Meanwhile the team ran a 45‑minute coaching clinic for enthusiastic youngsters in the city of Abashiri.

McKee says it was important for the squad to interact with the community.

Fiji play the Wallabies at 4.45pm this Saturday.

The World cup kicks-off this Friday with hosts Japan taking on Russia at 10.45pm.

 

McKee happy with team preparations four days out from Wallabies match (Tuesday 17/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach, John McKee says the players are in good shape with just four days away from their opening match against Australia in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

McKee says he is pleased with their preparations for the tournament so far where players have given their all and this week is all about their game against the Wallabies.

He says they have been working through the clarity of their game-plan and making sure players understand this inside and out.

There are seven matches this weekend with the opening match this Friday between Japan and Russia at 10.45pm.

Fiji play the Wallabies at 4.45pm this Saturday.

France and Argentina face off at 7.15pm Saturday while the All Blacks and Springboks clash at 9.45pm Saturday.

On Sunday, Italy and Namibia play at 5.15pm, Ireland and Scotland face off at 7.45pm Sunday while England clash with Tonga at 10.15pm Sunday.

 

All players are in good shape - McKee (Monday 16/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Coach, John McKee says a few players that had injuries along the way are back in training so he has got a full complement of players to choose against the Wallabies this week.

McKee says the players are in good shape as they have done their final fitness training sessions over the weekend where they have been working on making sure players really know their game plan.

The opening match kicks off this Friday between Japan and Russia at 10.45pm.

Fiji will face the Wallabies at 4.45pm this Saturday.

France and Argentina face off at 7.15pm Saturday while the All Blacks and Springboks clash at 9.45pm Saturday.

On Sunday, Italy and Namibia play at 5.15pm, Ireland and Scotland face off at 7.45pm Sunday while England clash with Tonga at 10.15pm Sunday.

 

Emergence of young stars like Veitokani & Lomani has seen Fiji's rugby grow considerably - McKee (Monday 16/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Coach, John McKee says the emergence of some young stars like Alivereti Veitokani and Frank Lomani has seen Fiji’s rugby grown considerably.


[L-R] Alivereti Veitokani and Frank Lomani

McKee says not defeating any big teams during the 2015 Rugby World Cup is still floating in their minds but with four years of consistency and players getting more rugby exposure, this year will be different.

He told rugby.com.au that looking at their previous matches they have been improving and the players have been tracking in well.

Fifteen Flying Fijians players will be making their debut in the Rugby World Cup while five players will make their third World Cup appearance.

There are seven matches in the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

The opening match kicks off this Friday between Japan and Russia at 10.45pm.

Fiji will face the Wallabies at 4.45pm this Saturday.

France and Argentina face off at 7.15pm Saturday while the All Blacks and Springboks clash at 9.45pm Saturday.

On Sunday, Italy and Namibia play at 5.15pm, Ireland and Scotland face off at 7.45pm Sunday while England clash with Tonga at 10.15pm Sunday.

Rugby.com.au

 

Flying Fijians officially welcomed to Japan for Rugby World Cup  (Saturday 14/09/2019)

By: Dhanjay Deo

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians were officially welcomed to Japan for the Rugby World Cup by Officials of World Rugby, Japan Rugby Football Union, the Ambassador of Fiji to Japan, Isikeli Mataitoga and the Mayor of Abashiri City in a formal ceremony.

The event took place at Abashiri Quasi-National Park.

Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu addressed the crowd expressing his team's gratitude for the hospitality they have received and wished all teams well.

Meanwhile, the Fiji 15's team has hit base camp in Abashiri.

The players have gone through few gym and training sessions.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians will face the Wallabies at 4.45pm next Saturday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7 DAYS TO GO 🏉 until our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians commence their #RWC19 campaign. Join us as we countdown to kick off with some super stats about Fiji's history at the Rugby World Cup. Super Stat 1: Fiji has played 28 RWC matches. And here are a few highlights from across the years. What's your favourite World Cup memory? #itsfijistime

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Radradra has great rugby qualities - McKee (Friday 13/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach, John McKee says Semi Radradra will be an important player for them when they take the field against Australia in the Rugby World Cup next Saturday.

McKee told rugby.com.au Radradra has played against Tier one players and his experience will be helpful in their games.

He says Radradra is a special rugby player with great qualities and most teams would like to have him on their side.

He adds that it won’t only be about Radradra as there are other quality players in the team with the likes of Levani Botia, Josua Tuisova, Filipo Nakosi, and Leone Nakarawa.

Fiji will take on Australia in their first pool game at 4.45pm next Saturday.

The Rugby World Cup kicks off next Friday as Japan takes on Russia at 10.45pm.

[Source:Rugby.com.au]

 

Flying Fijians focusing on defence and scrummaging ahead of meeting the Wallabies  (Wednesday 11/09/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians are focusing on defence and scrummaging as they get ready for their first pool match against the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup.

Speaking from Japan, Coach John McKee stresses that they have to get their defence right against a strong and high paced outfit like the Wallabies.

The Fiji team was hosted to dinner by Toyota Shokki in Akita City last night.

McKee thanked coach, Rob Penny and the team from Toyota Shokki for joining Fiji this week for their pre World Cup camp.

Penny says this truly represents what rugby is all about – where two different teams with different cultures come together and enjoy each other’s company and then there is fierce competition in rugby and then after that, they are back to enjoying each other’s company.

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, Uruguay and Georgia.

Fiji takes on the Wallabies at 4.45pm next Saturday.

 

Flying Fijians team management present signed Flying Fijians jersey to State Governor and the Mayor of Akita (Wednesday 11/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team management presented a signed Flying Fijians jersey to the State Governor, Norihisa Satake and the Mayor of Akita, Motomu Hozumi during their visit to their offices.

During their visit to the Office of the State Governor, Flying Fijians coach, John McKee stated they are grateful to the people of Akita for hosting the team and also the training facilities that has been organized for them to use.

 

The Governor says that he enjoyed his visit to Fiji 3 years ago and he also spoke highly of Setareki Tawake and Josua Kerevi who have been great ambassadors for Fiji in Akita.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Akita, Hozumi says the giant Fiji jersey had well wishes inscribed on it and messages from the people of Akita as there is a profound relationship with Fiji through sport, training and education.

During their visit to the Office of the Mayor for Akita City, they were welcomed by over 200 staff that gave them gifts and also took selfies with Flying Fijians players, Semi Kunatani and Jale Vatubua.

Fiji will take on the Wallabies at 4.45pm next Saturday.

The Rugby World Cup kicks off next Friday as Japan takes on Russia at 10.45pm.

 

Flying Fijians into final preparation mode as they aim to start well in opening RWC pool match (Tuesday 10/09/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians are into their final preparation mode as they aim to start well in the opening Rugby World Cup pool match against the Wallabies next Saturday.

Speaking from Akita in Japan, Coach John McKee says they are working hard for their first match against a very strong Australian side.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It was a free day in Japan today, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians visited Akita City Rugbt Clubs. The players met the kids and conducted Rugby clinic. #itsfijistime🇫🇯

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McKee says they will bank on their speed and open style of rugby.

Fiji will take on the Wallabies at 4.45pm next Saturday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gym time today for our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at Varsity Weight Room in Akita. Thumbs up to gym owner Masanobu Kawamura and the City of Akita for hosting the team this morning! #itsfijistime🇫🇯

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The Rugby World Cup kicks off next Friday as Japan takes on Russia at 10.45pm.

 

No injuries in the team as the players are fit and ready for the RWC - McKee  (Sunday 08/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee says a couple of players were sick and that is why they were sitting on the sidelines during some of the training sessions in Nadi.

McKee stresses there are no injuries in the team as the players are fit and ready for the Rugby World Cup.

He says they are not taking any risk with anyone.

He adds their focus is on the players preparation and putting on the best squad to perform in their first game against the Australians.

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay.

Fiji will take on Australia in their first pool game at 4.45pm on the 21st of this month.

 

Flying Fijians arrive in Japan for the Rugby World Cup (Sunday 08/09/2019)

By: Navitalai Naivalurua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have arrived in Japan for the Rugby World Cup.

The Flying Fijians will be based in Akita City, during the Rugby World Cup.

Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu says that they are ready to take on the Wallabies in their first game of the Rugby World Cup.

Waqaniburotu says they have been working hard to improve on their weaknesses.

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay for the Rugby World Cup.

Fiji will take on Australia at 4.45pm on the 21st of this month.

 

Flying Fijians squad to the Rugby World Cup (Friday 16/08/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

The 32 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad has been named for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The team :

Campese Ma’afu

Eroni Mawi

Peni Ravai

Mesulame Dolokoto

Samuela Matavesi

Ratu Vere Vugakoto

Leeroy Atalifo

Manasa Saulo

Kalivati Tawake

Tevita Cavubati

Leone Nakarawa

Api Ratuniyarawa

Tevita Ratuva

Semi Kunatani

Viliame Mata

Mosese Voka

Dominiko Waqaniburotu (Captain)

Peceli Yato

Frank Lomani

Niko Matawalu

Henry Seniloli

Levani Botia

Jale Vatubua

Ben Volavola

Veriniki Goneva

Filipo Nakosi

Waisea Nayacalevu 

Semi Radradra

Josua Tuisova

Josh Matavesi

Alivereti Veitokani

Kini Murimurivalu

Head Coach John McKee says the squad, captained by Dominiko Waqaniburotu, has an opportunity to do something special for Fiji and is challenging the players to step up their intensity and commitment to make a real impact in Japan.

McKee says with 35 days until Fiji’s opening match against the Wallabies, now is the time to step the team’s preparation up in the final phase to ensure they put ourselves in the best position to achieve their performance goals at the Rugby World Cup.

32 players were announced today however 31 players will travel to Japan. This is because they have added an extra prop for now.

The Fijian squad has an exciting balance of youth and experience with 15 players heading to Japan for their debut Rugby World Cup and five players stepping out for their third major tournament.

McKee says he is very pleased to announce a group of players to represent Fiji at RWC 2019 which he believes has the potential to challenge for a place in the Playoffs from Pool D.

He stresses that they must not let this opportunity to do something special for Fiji slip by.

The Flying Fijians have a 10‑day camp from today before they fly to New Zealand to play their final test match against Tonga on the 31st of August at Eden Park.

The squad reassembles in Nadi for a week’s camp on the 2nd of  September where they will be farewelled at a formal dinner at the Sofitel on the 3rd before flying out to Japan on 6th September.

Fiji play their first game against the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup at 4.45pm on September 21st.

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay.   

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