McKee: Fo­cus on Rugby World Cup

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Voda­fone Fly­ing Fi­jians head coach John Mckee said their fo­cus should be on the next Rugby World Cup (RWC) de­spite go­ing down to Eng­land 58-15 at Twick­en­ham. “We need to be­gin build­ing for the next World Cup. “We’re try­ing to bring a lit­tle bit of change to the team now,” McKee told Planet Rugby. “We haven’t qual­i­fied for the next Rugby World Cup yet and have some im­por­tant games next June with Samoa and Tonga, but we cer­tainly have one step in the door now. “Re­ally we need to start hav­ing one eye on 2019 and build­ing our sys­tems and our team for that tour­na­ment.” Fo­cussing on their match against Eng­land, Mckee said they got some pos­i­tive vibes out of the match. “For us I thought at times we were good in at­tack and we had good ball, we did some good things with it,” he added. “Our scrum and li­ne­out were good to­day but de­fen­sively we gave Eng­land too many easy me­tres and a good side like that re­ally cap­i­talise on the space and score some good tries. Eng­land were very good in at­tack, very clin­i­cal. They ran hard. We al­lowed them too much space and that got them out on the front foot.” The Fly­ing Fi­jians final match in the in­ter­na­tion­als tour is against Ja­pan in France. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Voda­fone Fly­ing Fi­jians half­back Seru­pe­peli Vu­larika (right) takes on Eng­land prop Mako Vu­nipola while Leone Nakarawa comes in to as­sist..

John McKee

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