November 07, 2012
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Fiji needs more players like Vunipola: Little

By Sunil Sharma

Former Fiji fly-half Nicky Little would love to see Fiji producing more players like England’s loosehead Mako Vunipola to be able to compete well on the international arena.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Little said Fiji’s pack has always been the weak link and believe that identifying and grooming players in the likes of Vunipola who is one of two uncapped players named in England’s 23-match day squad will improve Fiji’s competitive edge.

He said Fiji has never had any issue with its speedy backline.
“Although just 21, Vunipola has already caught the eye with a series of impressive displays - and is pushing hard for a first international cap,” Little said.

"We never have any problems producing quality wingers, we just need to start producing front rowers and having a quality structure in place," he said. "It is the same problem that doesn't seem to get answered.”

Fiji have lost all previous encounters against England and Little says ahead of Sunday’s (Fiji Times) Test, Fiji faces a daunting task.

"Having lost all their previous encounters against England - three friendlies and four official Tests - Fiji face a big ask to upset the odds.”

However, Little believes that the squad can make the most of the occasion as they have no pressure on them.
 

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