SAINT ETIENNE – Once upon a time the clock would strike 60 minutes and Fiji would begin to roll over. No longer.
That’s the opinion of Mick Byrne, a man who knows the Fijian landscape better than most and coached at six World Cups, who said the Wallabies would have to play for 80 minutes or risk a do-or-die fixture against Wales a week later in Lyon.
Indeed, it was as recently as the 2019 World Cup campaign that that comment rang true.
In their opening World Cup fixture, Fiji exploded out of the blocks as Peceli Yato scored inside the opening 10 minutes.
The back-rower’s early try…
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