Hong Kong Coach: Wary of Fiji

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The Hong Kong women’s rugby is look­ing for­ward to the clash against the Fi­jiana XV in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup play off on De­cem­ber 9. Coach Jo Hull told SUNs­ports this is a great op­por­tu­nity for Hong Kong, Fiji and Ja­pan to come to­gether and play each other for the first time. “We are def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to play­ing against Fiji as it will be the first time we play them,” Hull said.

“It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity that only two places are avail­able for the World Cup and that we all have a chance to com­pete for a place. We are pleased to be host­ing this tour­na­ment. We have the do­mes­tic club sea­son which is great and also an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion which is the Asian Rugby cham­pi­onship, so we are lucky to be hav­ing a lot of tour­na­ments.” Hull said they have re­viewed footage of Fiji’s 37-10 de­feat of Pa­pua New Guinea (PNG) two weeks ago. “We saw some footage of Fiji’s game against PNG and let me say, I think it was great that the Fi­jians got to play their first match in their home ground. We know that Fiji will not be a walk in the park, they play a very phys­i­cal game and are good in their off­loads. “We have seen what they are ca­pa­ble of and we are do­ing our best to pre­pare well for our first game against them. We are aware that rugby is in the blood in Fiji so they un­der­stand the game quite well, Fiji are big and strong, so we need to go into that first game know­ing how we want to play against them. We haven’t played them be­fore in fif­teens and that will pose some chal­lenges in our prepa­ra­tions. Our fo­cus, just like Ja­pan and Fiji, would be on qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup but we are ex­cited and can­not wait for next month.” Hull is a for­mer Scot­land Rugby Union per­for­mance man­ager from 2006 - 2012 and was the as­sis­tant coach for Scot­land women’s team at the 2006 Rugby World Cup. Fiji will play Hong Kong on De­cem­ber 9 and Ja­pan on De­cem­ber 13. Edited by Leone Ca­banatabua

Hong Kong women’s rugby coach Jo Hull ex­plains to the play­ers on how to tackle the Fi­jians XV.

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