McKee: ‘Fiji must start to focus on 2019’

Date published: November 19 2016

Fiji head coach John McKee stressed that his side need to begin building for the next World Cup after their defeat at Twickenham.

McKee's charges have one more match to come this month against Japan in Vannes, France next weekend.

Despite scoring three tries through Nemani Nadolo, Leone Nakarawa and Metuisela Talebula, the visitors' defence were unable to cope with England in a one-sided outcome.

"We’re trying to bring a little bit of change to the team now," McKee said.

"We haven’t qualified for the next RWC yet and have some important games next June with Samoa and Tonga, but we certainly have one step in the door now.

"Really we need to start having one eye on 2019 and building out systems and our team for that tournament."

Focusing on the match itself McKee recognised that Fiji had given England too much time on the ball, with George Ford orchestrating the hosts' attack well throughout.

"For us I thought at times we were good in attack and we had good ball, we did some good things with it," he added.

"Our scrum and lineout were good today but defensively we gave England too many easy metres and a good side like that really capitalise on the space and score some good tries.

"England were very good in attack, very clinical. They ran hard. We allowed them too much space and that got them out on the front foot."