“Don’t forget Fiji”: Former coach sends World Cup warning

By Greg Mumm In the lead up to the last World Cup, somewhere in the walls of Oxford University, an Australian was writing a thesis on Fijian rugby - what he coined ‘The Rugby Dream’. Dan Guinness played for the Brumbies himself and having been infected by the excitement and purity of island rugby, spent 6 months in Fiji, living and breathing rugby with these proud athletes, this proud rugby nation. What he and other writers talk about mirrors my experiences, as I was lucky enough to coach them in 2007 and 2010/11. They are stories of extreme sacrifice, spirituality and amazing song. Now many will say that these attributes exist in many of the teams going to the World Cup and I am sure they do to some degree, but it is only when you understand the deep relationship between these characteristics, the athletes and Fiji’s people that you get a true understanding of how powerful it can be. If Fiji gets this right, along with the talent they have on the park – it will be a signi
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