Here are your rugby evening headlines for Monday, August 1.
Former Fiji wing blasts players’ ‘lack of pride’
Former Fiji wing Sireli Bobo has launched a blistering attack on the current international squad following the disappointing third-place finish in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Fiji could only finish third despite starting the tournament with a 36-src win over Tonga after falling to defeats against Australia A and eventual winners Samoa. Wing Bobo, capped 16 times, believes it wasn’t the fault of coach Vern Cotter and his staff, but rather the players.
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“It seems they don’t have passion for their country and even pride for the jersey,” he told the Fiji Sun. “The players should take a really good look at themselves.
“Many fans blamed the coach and his coaching staff but they had done their job. It’s the players’ attitude and how they prepare themselves mentally to get into a crunch match. Fact is, that we lost right here at home, right in our backyard, to a team that hardly beat us both home and away.
“It’s just unacceptable given the calibre of players and the records we have. These players should learn to have pride in the white jersey because they are not playing for themselves: they are playing for the people of Fiji.
“I don’t know if they know the culture, history and the significance of the Flying Fijians jersey and how important it is to represent their country. These players should know and understand their purpose. They should think about all the former national reps who once wore the jersey during those hard times with Fiji Rugby. Today, players are privileged to have everything done for them from training to playing. Talent can take you anywhere, but your attitude carries you.”
World Rugby vows not to ‘stand still’ on player welfare
World Rugby has vowed they “do not stand still” on the issue of player welfare amid claims that playing the sport has caused brain damage.
Lawyers for more than 185 players are suing World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union for allegedly failing to “protect players from permanent injury”. The claimants include former Wales captain Ryan Jones and England’s 2srcsrc3 World Cup-winning hooker Steve Thompson, with many of the former players diagnosed with early-onset dementia and other irreversible neurological impairments.
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