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Strict guidelines for Flying Fijians
01:00 am GMT+12, 28/10/2020, Fiji

Flying Fijians rugby team will march into camp this week as they prepare for the Autumn Nations Cup next month and will follow COVID-19 precautionary measures to prevent the mistakes that happened with the Barbarians team last week.
 
The Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the players would be at camp this week before they start their preparation.
 
“Some players from France are moving into camp and everyone is expected to be at camp tomorrow (today) as they prepare for their first Autumn Nations Cup match against France,” said O’Connor.
 
“There are strict guidelines to follow under the COVID-19 compliance that once the players arrive into camp they cannot leave camp except for trainings.
 
After the cancellation of the Barbarians match against England due to the breaching of COVID-19 restrictions, O’Connor highlighted the importance of following the guidelines given.
 
“We don’t want the same thing that happened to the Barbarians to happen to us, so the players must remain in their bubble and can only leave with the team for training and back,” he said.
 
“Because of the COVID 19 restrictions and changes that has been enforced, the warm up match against Portugal is still in discussion and will be confirmed later.
 
Meanwhile, four local players left the country Tuesday to join the Flying Fijians at their camp in France as they prepare for the Autumn Nation Cup.
 
Naitasiri Papua New Guinea born lock Chris Minimbi, flyhalf Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Nadroga prop Jone Koroiduadua and Namosi halfback Peni Matawalu are on their way to France.
 
Also part of the trip is Rebels halfback Frank Lomani and some officials.
 
These players will join other local reps who were part of the Barbarians squad including Serupepeli Vularika, Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ikanivere, Samuela Tawake and Simione Kuruvoli.
 
Fiji will start its Autumn Nations Cup campaign against France on November 15, then they will face Italy on the 21st and will play Scotland on November 28.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/FBC SPORTS/PACNEWS


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