17 Jan 2012

Sport: New Fiji rugby coach says overseas reps will be involved

11:14 am on 17 January 2012

The new Fiji rugby coach Inoke Male says overseas-based players still have an important role to play with the national team.

A number of Fiji's European-based contingent were criticised for their performances at last years World Cup in New Zealand, where Fiji won just one game and failed to make it out of pool play.

The Chairman of the FRU, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, said last year thatjust because individuals play for a certain club doesn't necessarily mean they're any better than some of the local players in Fiji.

But new Flying Fijians mentor Inoke Male says he's keen to embrace Fiji's foreign contingent.

"We want to let them out because they are the most important people in our rugby family, in the case of the development of rugby in Fiji, so we really need them. I think we will let them out so we will always consider our brothers from overseas."

Inoke Male's first task is to prepare the Fiji Warriors team to defend it's title in the Pacific Rugby Cup, which starts at the end of February.