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Fijian Drua head coach, Mick Byrne. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

Georgia will be very physical, says Swire Shipping Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne.

He said this about the 14th ranked international rugby team that would clash against the FIJI Water Flying Fijians at 3.45am on Sunday.

Byrne, during the Drua Talk podcast with Drua’s head of commercial and marketing Shane Hussein, said the Flying Fijians should “muscle up” for a tough encounter.

“I think we got to be defensively strong against Georgia in our set pieces and also good at securing the ball.

“They will come at us and will be physical as they were against Australia,” said Byrne.

He added the Simon Raiwalui-coached side should have the same attitude going into the Georgia clash as they had against Wales and Australia.

“We had that attitude that we got to beat those two sides (Australia, Wales) and when you come up against Georgia, you need to take the same attitude and play the same way. “You need to go out and get your set-piece play correct.”

Byrne said keeping up with the same momentum in our past two games was very important, however, resting players with niggling injuries was equally important.

“You want to keep your team going and the big key is that we want to continue with that momentum through our pool games and into the quarter-finals.”

Fiji would advance to the quarter-finals if they win both their remaining matches against Georgia and Portugal — at least one with a bonus point.

Georgia held Fiji to a 15-all draw the last time the two teams met in 2021.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan was the last time both teams played each other during rugby’s pinnacle event, in which Fiji won by 45-10.

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