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One sleep away from RWC

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Fijians hyped up for RWC opener Fijians hyped up for RWC opener Rugby fans are just one sleep away from seeing Flying Fijians take on England in the World Cup opener at Twickenham Stadium.


And while hundreds will be glued to the TV sets for the 2 p.m. ET time game on TSN, tomorrow many fans Sportsone spoke to say they will resort to online to catch the live action.

Loyalists have also booked an early work day to cheer on the Flying Fijians, who have for the first time in the history of the World Cup dubbed as the dream team.

Truckers Joshua Miles and Aklesh Naidu have already called it a weekend ahead of the afternoon's game and those that have lucked out because of work have made arrangements with their employers to allow them time to watch the live-feed on TV.

Steve Bola, a Vancouver computer analyst is not much of a TV guy; he is all about technology, laptop and tablets.

“Online is the way to go”, he said. “All you have to do is to log on TSN1050.ca, and on mobile devices and tablets via the TSN GO app”.

The former Nadroga resident said he will not miss the action as he has downloaded the application and is ever ready to root for the Flying Fijians from his work office during work week.

Sanjesh Ram, who led a raucous band of Flying Fijian tailgaters at the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup triumphant win against Samoa, is keeping his fingers crossed for the opening game.

Ram said while the PNC win was seen coming; the RWC is totally a different competition.

“World Cup is no easy competition”, said Ram. “It’s the Holy Grail of all oval ball game”.

The Surrey-rite says Fiji needs to play smart and not cave into the unforced errors.

“A lot character. Discipline and good defence are the magic words.

"Fiji needs to avoid being sinned binned.

“The boys need to maintain a high level of confidence and composure and play for the team”.

Ram is worried though about Fiji’s past record against England which is not favouring the team but adds the losses should make the players beat Coach Stuart Lancaster’s side even more.

England has had clean record against Fiji in five test matches with 25-12 win in Suva in 1988.  58-23 win in 1989 at Twickenham. 28-12 in Suva in 1991, England then beat Fiji 45-24 in Twickenham and the last time they met was in 2012 when England won 54-12.

The former Fijians urge fans to throw their support behind their former countrymen with all the heart throughout the World Cup


 

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