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RWC Diary Day 28 - Netani Underline 26 September, 2011
Netani Talei (far right) and members of the Flying Fijians line up for the Fiji National Anthem.
There was a three hour bus ride this morning as the team were taken from from Auckland and back to where, on 6 September, they officially started their Rugby World Cup journey in the Port City of Tauranga – New Zealand’s largest port in terms of gross export tonnage. 

Sunny skies and more agreeable temperatures (though still cold) greeted the Flying Fijians in Tauranga where the team will remain until Saturday before travelling across to Hamilton for Sunday’s final pool match against Wales. 

One of the real characters within the team is 28 year old Tavualevu Villager Netani Talei. In a team that boasts a fine compliment of loose forwards the Scotland based player came into his own on Sunday putting in a strong game against the Samoans despite Fiji’s overall performance. 

“I tried to focus on my game so that I could give an input to the team, I could have done a lot of things better and at the end of the day we didn’t get the result,” Talei said.
“A lot of the boys are down at the moment, especially myself, we weren’t happy with the result but we have to get over it.” 

Always quick to give encouragement Talei, who was also a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, has been urging his team mates to learn from the loss as they look forward to the Welsh match. 

“I told some of the boys today - what doesn’t break you makes you stronger,” Talei said, adding “there’s going to be a lot of talk and negative things flying around but just try and overcome that and put it into a positive perspective and make it a positive part of your game this weekend.” 

And like everyone else here Talei is also fully aware of the weight of expectation upon the team and has this message for Fiji Rugby fans. 

“We just need your support, please still have faith in us that the job will be done this weekend, you know the boys are confident enough that we’ll regroup and try and make the country proud.” 

Click here to view the full interview with Netani Talei.

Until tomorrow, moce mada. 

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Other September 2011 News Underline
RWC Diary Day 32 - New captain 30 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 31 - Changes 29 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 30 - Mosese Rauluni 28 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 29 - Team of the week 27 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 28 - Netani 26 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 27 - A second loss 25 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 26 - Alfred Uluinayau 24 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 25 - Eden Park 23 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 24 - Fish bowl 22 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 23 - Adriaan 21 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 22 - Double whammy 20 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 21 - Support 19 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 20 - Tamaki of 100 lovers 18 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 19 - Boks too good 17 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 18 - Captain's Run 16 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 17 - Fiji team named 15 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 16 - Local support 14 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 15 - Boks media 13 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 14 - Boks 12 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 13 - Wellington 11 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 12 - Namibia 10 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 11 - Nicky Little 09 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 10 - Fiji named 08 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 9 - Paul Feeney 07 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 8 - Tauranga Marae 06 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 7 - Tauranga 05 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 6 - Fathers' Day 04 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 4 - Ohope Beach School 03 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 5 - Littlejohn and Tietjens 03 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 3 - Rest day 02 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 2 - Injured wingers 01 September, 2011 
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