Rugby Test matches

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Thursday, June 1, 2017
THE month of June is one of the most looked forward to by rugby lovers as it brings out the best of international Test matches.
Campese Ma'afu, the Flying Fijians prop, gives a few tips during the line out training at Bidesi Ground
yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA
Campese Ma'afu, the Flying Fijians prop, gives a few tips during the line out training at Bidesi Ground yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

The British Lions are on their way to NZ for a nine-match tour while our Flying Fijians will get a taste of some top level rugby away against Australia and at home against Scotland and Italy.

Playing these three ranked top teams in the world will give coach John McKee a fair idea of where we stand as the 2019 RWC looms.

The Aussies have named six Fijian players in their team to face the Flying Fijians while Italy has named a powerful line-up for the trip to the Capital City.

I am sure that Scotland will name players who have played in the 6 Nations Trophy competition.

McKee has named a dynamic extended training squad with a host of international names.

Only time will tell if players plying their trade overseas will live up to expectations and rise to the calling of a rugby crazy nation.

Fiji is likely to face Wales and Australia in the 2019 RWC if it tops the Oceania region.

This means our boys need to pull up their socks and be at their level best to beat Samoa and Tonga.

Fiji has a good chance also to improve its international ranking if it does well against Australia, Italy and Scotland.

As we await these Test matches, I wish our coach and the players chosen to fly Fiji's flag all the best.

Please show Australia, Scotland and Italy that we mean business by displaying high levels of running and fast pace rugby characterised by monstrous tackles.

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