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Dive into deep end with Fiji has been steep learning curve

Rory Best


Stepping into coaching role was daunting, but I couldn’t refuse a chance to get back into the game

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A Fijian fan ahead of the New Zealand clash in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

A Fijian fan ahead of the New Zealand clash in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

A Fijian fan ahead of the New Zealand clash in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. I played my last Test match, for the Baa-Baas in Cardiff, and exactly two years later I’m back in the same city, coaching Fiji’s forwards on something of a three-week magical mystery tour. Magical because it’s great to be getting a taste of international rugby again, and a mystery because I had no idea what to expect.

We started with a win over Spain in Madrid last week, today we play Wales in Cardiff, and then it’s back to Madrid for our final outing, against Georgia. A bit like Ireland’s November series, we have the game we’re expected to win, the one we’d love to win and the one we have to win — in that order.


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