“Rising Fiji: Impressive Rankings and Team Bonding Await!”

Fiji Water Flying Fijians coach Mick Byrne has expressed his satisfaction with his team after their recent ascent in the World Rugby rankings.

Following their 21-12 victory over Georgia last weekend, Fiji has climbed to the 10th position, while Wales has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time in history after suffering a 25-16 defeat to Australia in Sydney.

“It’s great playing Tier One nations; you get points on the ladder and it gives us great opportunity,” said Byrne.

Byrne acknowledged that improvements are needed in the team’s set pieces, scrum, and early defensive setups to effectively counter the All Blacks in their upcoming match next Saturday.

Despite some players experiencing minor injuries from last weekend, there are no major injuries within the squad. “Caleb Muntz has been running well, and we expect him to join training this week,” Byrne noted.

The head coach is pleased with the strong team bonding observed in camp. “There is excellent connection that has created a natural bond, high energy in camp, and the boys are enjoying each other’s company,” he added.

Byrne also praised the squad’s depth, which he believes has been progressively improving each year. “The Northern Hemisphere players play in the international arena every week in their competitions. The growth in the Flying Fijians over the years has been incredible. The Drua team has created more professional depth, ensuring we can do the work,” Byrne said.

He expressed excitement about the new direction of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU). “I’m excited with the new starting point and the new direction for FRU. Excited with the new opportunity, new group of people working together. Now we have Test matches against Tier One nations, and we need to prepare better. We are going in against some well-resourced teams; it’s a new beginning and exciting times for us.”

Byrne confirmed that Semi Radradra joined the camp last week and has been actively training with the team.

The Flying Fijians are set to travel to San Diego, USA, at the end of this week and will face the All Blacks next Saturday. “It is great to play on a neutral ground. We are expecting the All Blacks to play well, and they will give us a good game,” Byrne stated.

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