School teacher confident with Fiji’s 2019 RWC squad

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John Mckee at the drawing board with his team before their training session at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

SCHOOL teacher Matia Loga spent the afternoon (yesterday) with his kids at the Albert Park in Suva to observe the 31 Fiji Airways Flying Fijians who will be representing the country to the World Cup.

The 49-year-old teacher spent most of his time following the national side in previous Rugby World Cups and he was confident for the first time with the current squad that will head for Tokyo, Japan, next month.

Loga said Fiji had a good chance of qualifying to the knock-out stages if they played their cards right in the pool games.

“I was watching their game structures and different patterns of play and I was really impressed with what I saw and I believe if we defeat Australia in the pool games, no team can stand in our way to the finals,” said Loga.

Fiji created history in 2007, the first time the Flying Fijians has ever reached the knock-out stages of the Rugby World Cup.

“This team has a better chance of reaching the semi-finals because of the forward pack we have. Fiji has always lacked in the forwards area of play but I’m confident with this side, and we also have what others don’t have and that is speed and power in the backline.

“I believe we have a good chance of progressing to the semi-finals,” Loga said.

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