Fly­ing Fi­jians coach will de­cide to­day which prop he will have to omit from his Rugby World Cup team

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Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fi­jians head coach John McKee has been en­dur­ing tough nights de­cid­ing which prop he will omit from his Rugby World Cup squad.

The strong and con­sis­tent per­for­mances of all props in the cur­rent squad will make his job of who to leave out a dif­fi­cult one.

The an­nounce­ment to­day will also sig­nal the Fly­ing Fi­jians fi­nal phase of prepa­ra­tions for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan this month. McKee ar­rived with the last lot of the Fly­ing Fi­jian squad mem­bers last night af­ter beat­ing Tonga 29-19 at Eden Park, Auck­land,

New Zealand, on Satur­day. “We’ll make the an­nounce­ment Mon­day on who, which prop will be omit­ted from the World Cup squad list,” he said. McKee clar­i­fied hav­ing to make last minute changes in the fron­trow be­fore the Tonga clash af­ter Cam­pese Ma’afu pulled out. Rookie prop Eroni Mawi took over and vet­eran Manasa Saulo was moved to the bench. Ma’afu had to re­turn to Syd­ney for a per­sonal com­mit­ment.

“It gave the op­por­tu­nity for others to play against Tonga’s strong for­ward pack,” he added. McKee said there were no ca­su­al­ties af­ter the Tonga clash.

The team’s farewell din­ner will be at the Sof­tel Fiji Re­sort & Spa in De­na­rau to­mor­row. They de­part for Ja­pan on Septem­ber 6.

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