Fiji can live without Nadolo

Date published: September 30 2015

Fiji boss John McKee has said that his side will cope without the presence of Nemani Nadolo on the wing against Wales.

Nadolo has been handed a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle in Fiji's loss to Australia.

"For us, it hasn't hindered our preparation. We're very strong in the back-three area and we've got very good players coming into the team to cover his position, and also Waisea Nayacalevu who got injured in our last game," McKee said.

"The wing/full-back area is a very strong area for us and the guys that are playing tomorrow are well capable of the task and are very good players."

McKee has gone with his strongest possible side, although scrum-half Niko Matawalu will be a key absentee.

He stated: "We've selected the strongest team we can for the type of game we need to play. Only one player was out of contention and that was Nikola Matawalu, who has a bruised back."

The Fiji head coach also had his say on the late drama at Twickenham last Saturday when Wales shocked England.

"That's what happens in sport. It's unpredictable, you don't know what the outcome is of things within the game and that's one of the reasons rugby is such a great game. That's why so many people are interested in the Rugby World Cup, because it is an unpredictable game," McKee explained.

"There are on-field leaders. As a coach you've got to back your leaders on the field to make a call."

"I don't send down a call to say, 'don't do that or do this', in terms of whether we kick for the posts or kick for the corner and try to score a try that way."

"They could have taken a shot and the shot could have missed; that's the game we play and the game we love."