Flying Fijians expected to feature new players

The Flying Fijians side is expected to feature some of the players that haven’t played in the Pacific Nations Cup, in their match against Samoa this weekend.

Coach John McKee says he will mix his line-up with some senior and experienced players.

“This week you’ll see probably see some players who have never played up until now to now to combine with some who have been playing in the past weeks.” 

The Fiji Times reports that the players are bracing for a fast and physical Pacific rugby rivalry encounter on Saturday in the World Rugby sanctioned tournament.

Fiji has fallen short of retaining the title after their loss to Japan in the first round and a win against Canada in the second round.

However, that will not dampen their spirit when they play the Manu Samoa.

Both teams have been described as rugged sides in the competition and fans are expected to witness a physical south sea battle.

McKee said a battle between two Pacific Islands teams would always be rivalry.

“Against Samoa we have to work very hard because it will be a physical game and in our defensive lines. We don’t want to give them many advantage and apply pressure unto them.”

Fiji is rate as one of the best teams with highest number of off-loads.

“We have got to be patient and build up phases to score,” McKee said.