Test Build-Up For 2019 RWC At Mur­ray­field

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Less than a month be­fore the Fiji Air­ways Fly­ing Fi­jians play Scot­land, rugby fans are mak­ing sure they do not to miss the op­por­tu­nity. As of yes­ter­day only 1500 tick­ets were left to be sold at the 67,144-seat Mur­ray­field Sta­dium for the Novem­ber 10 in­ter­na­tional fix­ture.

This is the eighth Test be­tween the two na­tions and fans from both sides have their own rea­sons to be there to wit­ness it, apart from be­ing a dress re­hearsal for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan.

Scot­land and Fiji have con­tested a to­tal of seven Test matches since their first meet­ing in 1989. Scot­land have won five while Fiji have won two.

The Scots will def­i­nitely want to avenge the 22-27 de­feat in Suva last year while the Fi­jians will want to score their first win at Mur­ray­field.

This is why fans are look­ing for­ward to the oc­ca­sion be­cause it of­fers more than just the out­come, but a rep­u­ta­tion to de­fend or cre­at­ing a first as far as the Fi­jians are con­cerned.

Fiji Air­ways Fly­ing Fi­jians head coach John McKee has al­ready put a plan in place in his bid to achieve the pos­si­ble.

He has been mon­i­tor­ing the over­seas-based play­ers through­out the year know­ing he will face an up­hill bat­tle against Tier One na­tions.

Scot­land will warm up against Wales a week ear­lier at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium be­fore re­turn­ing to Ed­in­burgh to host Fiji

The Wales game will pro­vide Test-level build-up for the Scots while the Fi­jians will rely on the game time of our play­ers play­ing over­seas.

But, this is the way for­ward for Tier Two na­tions like Fiji be­cause we can only gauge our progress play­ing Tier One coun­tries.

That is how Test rugby is be­ing con­tested and ranked and it would be a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion if we can si­lence the Scot­tish crowd at Mur­ray­field for once.

The chal­lenge is al­ways there for our Fly­ing Fi­jians to achieve the im­pos­si­ble.

We have not beaten France and that is an­other chal­lenge for our men as we pre­pare for the 2019 RWC. Apart from Ge­or­gia and Uruguay, we have Wales and Aus­tralia in Pool D. And we need to fin­ish first or sec­ond in the pool to qual­ify for the cup quar­ter­fi­nals. That is an­other chal­lenge.

Due to the in­juries sus­tained by our prom­i­nent play­ers such as Ne­mani Nadolo, Ti­moci Na­gusa, Vereniki Goneva, Waisea Nay­a­calevu and Api Ratu­ni­yarawa, the Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian Drua can pro­vide back up.

Un­like in the past, we have am­ple rugby stocks on the lo­cal front made pos­si­ble by com­pet­ing in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship and Skip­per Cup Premier­ship and the Voda­fone Vanua Cham­pi­onship. We can only thank the Fiji Rugby Union for pro­vid­ing the de­vel­op­ment path­way and World Rugby for its as­sis­tance.

We have the world to con­quer in Tokyo next year. And the ideal venue to start Fiji’s cam­paign will be Mur­ray­field next month.

McKee’s men can achieve the im­pos­si­ble be­cause it’s pos­si­ble.

Fiji Air­ways Fly­ing Fi­jians head coach John McKee.

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