Future bright for Flying Fijians despite World Cup heartache

Future bright for Flying Fijians despite World Cup heartache

MARSEILLE – The future is bright for Fijian rugby despite the agony of their World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of England, according to coach Simon Raiwalui.

The Flying Fijians were one of the highlights of the tournament so far with their exciting brand of attacking rugby full of offloads, powerful running and moments of ingenuity.

It was on display once again in Marseille on Sunday.

While playing with a numerical disadvantage following the sin-binning of winger Vinaya Habosi, fly-half Vilimoni Botitu scooped up a bobbling ball, flicked it through his own legs to No.8 Viliame Mata to side-step England centre Manu Tuilagi and plunge over for a try.

That was followed by a quick-fire brace in the second half that included a delicate offload from rampaging winger Semi Radradra and perfectly timed and angled bursts over the gainline from forwards Peni Ravai and Isoa Nasilasila.

Ultimately, the steady boot of England fly-half Owen Farrell crushed Fijian hearts, but Raiwalui feels the country’s rugby is in a great place f

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