Fraser Talk: Sunny Skies up North Underline 22 April, 2011
As Fiji Rugby builds up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup join Flying Fijians assistant coach Shannon Fraser as he gives a regular insight into team preparations.
Under the bright sunny skies of the great northern lands, fellow Fijian Assistant National Coach Greg Mumm and myself covered more than 4000 kilometres as we visited twenty-seven players from sixteen clubs across four countries over ten days.

From the cobble streets of Dublin to the Mediterranean coastline of Southern France the messages were all very similar, “I’m available and excited about the possibility of representing Fiji at the RWC”.

The purpose of this whirlwind reconnaissance was to not only source information as to the individual circumstances and the availability of several overseas based players, but to also clearly and accurately explain in detail the expectations and relevant components of the Flying Fijian Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) and Rugby World Cup (RWC) preparation schedule.

Communication can be the difference between succeeding and failing both on and off the field; therefore it’s an area that we are consciously focusing on in our preparations.

Additionally, as mentioned briefly in my previous article titled ‘Collaboration’ this was a great opportunity to gain an insight into the rugby knowledge of several experienced players and the tactical direction of their clubs. The game has changed significantly over the past 18 months and is vastly different to that played in the 2007 campaign and therefore we are compelled to evolve with it if we are to succeed.

It’s encouraging to see that several in-form clubs are playing the game similar to that of the proposed direction of the Flying Fijians. This will allow for a smooth transition and the strong form of several players to continue while donning the white jumper of Fiji later in the year should they be selected.

The recent success of the Pacific Rugby Cup winning Air Pacific Fiji Warriors along with individual form of several overseas based players makes for an exciting challenge ahead as we look towards the establishment of the Flying Fijian squad for the PNC and later in the year the RWC.

The skies are sunny up north, and over the many isles of Fiji.

Have a happy and safe Easter weekend.

Shannon is happy to field any comments you may have for him by emailing him at 

View earlier articles from Shannon: 

Fraser Talk: Collaboration

Fraser Talk: Burn the Ships

Fraser Talk: Preparing to be the best

Other April 2011 News Underline
All Blacks v Flying Fijians Test confirmed 29 April, 2011 
Fiji U20 squad named 29 April, 2011 
Fijian players prominent as French season nears end 28 April, 2011 
Fraser Talk: Unshackled 28 April, 2011 
Fiji faces Samoa in Scotland 27 April, 2011 
Male appointed Fiji U20 Coach 27 April, 2011 
Fiji Rugby to host IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2011 26 April, 2011 
Fiji Rugby thrilled to host PNC 26 April, 2011 
Lee Smith's Coaching Corner: The Development of Attacking Play 26 April, 2011 
Fraser Talk: Sunny Skies up North 22 April, 2011 
Fiji Rugby's Kaji Camp 21 April, 2011 
Fiji women prepare for Pacific Games 20 April, 2011 
A Fistful of Rugby Dollars 20 April, 2011 
Player banned for 6 months 20 April, 2011 
Historic Agreement Signed Between FORU and ONOC to Grow Rugby in Oceania 19 April, 2011 
Lee Smith's Coaching Corner: Emerging trends in 7s rugby 19 April, 2011 
Latest Vacancies at Fiji Rugby 18 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 7 Results 17 April, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Rd 7 Tables 17 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 7 Team Lists 15 April, 2011 
Board removes Tanivula as Digicel Fiji 7s coach 15 April, 2011 
Port Elizabeth Exciting New Host of South Africa Sevens 14 April, 2011 
Sri Lanka Restored to Full IRB Member Union Status 14 April, 2011 
Rugby World Cup 2011 to Showcase 3D Technology 14 April, 2011 
The Search for Silverware 14 April, 2011 
Fraser Talk: Collaboration 13 April, 2011 
Pools and Matches set for London Sevens 13 April, 2011 
Gold Coast to kick off new HSBC Sevens World Series 13 April, 2011 
Tikoisuva appointed Flying Fijians RWC manager 11 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 6 Tables 10 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 6 Results 10 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Nadroga thrash Suva 32-10 09 April, 2011 
Fraser Talk: Burn the Ships 09 April, 2011 
A French countdown 07 April, 2011 
Savou gets Harrow Scholarship offer 07 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 6 Team Lists 07 April, 2011 
Major Independent Report Highlights Rugby Participation Growth in Emerging Markets 06 April, 2011 
Fraser Talk: Preparing to be the best 06 April, 2011 
FBCL extends partnership with Fiji Rugby 06 April, 2011 
New Zealand win Adelaide Sevens to stretch World Series lead 05 April, 2011 
RWC Preview - the Group of Death 03 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 5 Results 03 April, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Rd 5 Tables 03 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Rewa stun Nadroga 27-29 02 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 5 Team Lists 01 April, 2011 
CFL re-commits to Fiji Rugby 01 April, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Northland defeats Tailevu 27-18 01 April, 2011 
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