Player rotation cost Fiji dearly: Rush

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Fiji’s decision to rotate players in the IRB 7s series cost them dearly in the Moscow 7s RWC.
So said former All Blacks skipper Eric Rush, who was one of the speakers at Fiji Rugby Union’s Centennial celebration workshop in Suva today.

Rush admitted that he was not impressed by player rotation decision as he believes that rugby, like any other sport is about consistency and the Fiji coaches should have retained the same team. According to Rush, a team which is able to retain its players over a longer period of time is able to sustain the pressure and win.

He further said: “The Fijians are known for their natural flair but the game has expanded pretty fast and has become very competitive. Even the less known nations are moving up quickly and are capable of creating upsets, therefore the team which sticks to the basics and prepares thoroughly should be able to pull through and I think New Zealand was just way ahead of others in terms of preparation.”
“Tietjens (Gordon) like always has been fantastic and its through his strict and disciplined coaching the team has been doing well over the years.

“The Fijian players may not be the fittest in the sevens code but their natural ability to play the ball out-wide and use their speed and structure has always helped them. I am a great admirer of Fijian rugby and would have loved to see them in the final of the World Cup.”

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