A BALL has yet to be kicked, but already Fiji is dealing with a mammoth injury crisis ahead of its opening Rugby World Cup game against Namibia next Saturday.
Five players – wings Michael Tagicakibau, Napolioni Nalaga and Vereniki Goneva, prop Campese Ma’afu and hooker Sunia Koto – are all battling to be fit for the match in Rotorua on September 10.
Tagicakibau is struggling with a hamstring problem, Nalaga sustained a chest injury at training on Wednesday, Goneva sprained an ankle, Ma’afu has a head injury and Koto is struggling to overcome a knock to the shoulder.
Fiji, beaten quarter-finalists at the 2007 RWC, also plays defending champions South Africa, Samoa and Wales in pool play.« Back to Archives
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Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
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