On-field discipline

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka | Monday, November 13, 2017
Fiji rugby has made tremendous progress over the years. Our rugby players and teams attract attention, applause and admiration around the globe.

This relates to sevens rugby, full code union and rugby league.

They have even caught the attention of Bollywood and Hollywood.

Our players in tears during the national anthem is a rare moment of patriotism.So many of our players have made it into other national teams.

We have won the sevens world cup and the Olympic sevens gold medal.

I have a strong belief that we will one day lift the William Webb Ellis and Paul Barriere trophies.

However, one major downfall of our players keeps creeping back. It is on-field discipline.

It was again on display last Friday night. We have witnessed so many losses solely because of disciplinary reasons.

In addition to the marvellous work done by Fiji rugby officials, they should target this area of concern.

If not, it will continue to be the demise of so many campaigns. My humble plea to the seventeen selected players for this weekend is to keep calm and not to get involved in disciplinary issues.Instead, use that energy to run hard at the New Zealand defence.

Tonga has already shown us how to beat them.

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