Rugby

'Wallabies' Fiji players under pressure' - McKee

2017-06-06 14:12
John McKee (Gallo)

Melbourne - Fiji coach John McKee believes the Wallabies players with Fijian heritage will be under pressure when the sides meet in Melbourne on Saturday.

Centre Tevita Kuridrani and wings Henry Speight, Marika Koroibete and Sefa Naivalu are some of the Australian players set to take on their home country in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.

Naivalu said earlier this week he would be nervous to play against Fiji and McKee echoed those sentiments saying Australia's Fiji contingent will feel the pressure to do well. 

"This Test match is different and the pressure will actually be on them because they're playing against their own country," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

"It's not like playing for Australia against New Zealand or anyone else. This game, knowing the Fijian people and what it means to them and representing their people and families … it'll put a little bit of mental pressure on the Fijians playing for Australia. 

"They're actually playing for Australia against their own country." 

But Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau disagrees and said he expects his team-mates to be keen to impress. 

"I think they'll be eager," he said. 

"There's always talk of betraying their nation, but I don't think that's the case at all. 

"I'm eager to see what the fellow Fijians have to offer because in past performances up in the north they have been giving the northern hemisphere teams a run. It'll be interesting to see what they do in this June Test series."

Read more on:    john mckee  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Following their failed bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, should SA Rugby consider bidding in future?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.