Fiji, Tonga eye Europe players for World Cup

FIJI rugby coach John McKee says Fiji has a genuine shot at reaching the knockout rounds at the 2019 World Cup if the form of its overseas-based players is anything to go by.

With Fiji’s World Cup path confirmed with Fiji’s third Pacific Nations Cup victory last year, McKee said the next 12 month is a chance to play their best players together as much as possible.

Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in Apia last year after securing the Oceania One berth for the World Cup in Japan, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.

John McKee said it was important they maintained their standards and did not slack off just because their main goal had been achieved. Following the November Autumn tour during which Fiji played a friendly against Italy, losing 10-19, and coming close 20- 23 against Ireland, McKee visited Flying Fijians plying their trade in Europe to check on their progress.

McKee said he was very happy with the reports from the clubs as some of the players are in good form and have been playing well in their competitions.

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