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The chair of the Fiji Rugby Union, Mosese Tikoitoga, has fronted to say heads will roll over Sunday's embarrassing loss to Samoa.
Tikoitoga has told the Fiji Sun those facing the firing squad could include the manager, head coach, assistant coaches and trainer.
“There will be changes across the board in the national rugby team management. That will also include the selection panel and other arms of the Fiji Rugby Union."
The Flying Fijians were felled 27-7 by Samoa at Eden Park in Auckland in front of a sell-out crowd, many of them Fiji fans; the trouncing coming after a hiding from South Africa.
Fiji is now out of the quarterfinals and almost certainly out of automatic qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Fans are baying for blood and Tikoitoga has told the Sun: “We will follow the process and wait for the team to return and for the team management to file their report with us."
The military appointed chairman added: “I know we are all disappointed with what happened against Samoa. There were a lot of talks before the game and we were told this team was better prepared than the 2007 team.
“We now have seen how they performed and we know what we have been able to do. There is going to be changes made and we will make them once we have met as a board and decide on the next action.”
Fans yesterday called for head coach Samu Domoni and his coaching panel of Shannon Fraser and Greg Mumm to be sacked. The selection panel of former national reps Mosese Taga, Daniel Lobendhan and Vuata Naresia have since been included in that call with former national 7s team manager, Epeli Lagiloa, saying Domoni should "resign now for his own sake. That would be the honourable thing to do.”
It was revealed yesterday that coaches are getting as much as $5,000 a week and that players were paid $15,000 before the Cup started and are to get $15,000 on their return home. Disappointed fans say the team are being paid too much and claim since being in New Zealand, the team has been more interested in signing autographs than serious training.
FBC is meanwhile today running a story quoting a Fiji counsellor urging fans to accept the nightmare loss to Samoa and move on.
Selina Kuruleca says if people are suffering anxiety or stress, they need to step away and spend time with their family! She says fans should try and distract themselves in other ways or even try and watch other Fiji matches from previous years to lift their spirits.
Fiji captain Deacon Manu talks of the challenges facing the Flying Fijians:
"The fields we train on in Fiji are littered with frogs. They are an eye-opener even for someone like me. You are rarely able to use a full pitch. Most of the time you have to make do with a 22 and coming to New Zealand is such a contrast that most of the guys want to sleep on the grass we train on."
And the Flying Fijians look ahead to Wales with an interview with Netani Talei:RWC Diary Day 28 - Netani“I tried to focus on my game so that I could give an input to the team, I could have done a lot of things better and at the end of the day we didn’t get the result,” Talei said. “A lot of the boys are down at the moment, especially myself, we weren’t happy with the result but we have to get over it.” http://www.fijirugby.com/pages.cfm/fru-news/?section=2011&newsid=rwc-diary-day-28--netani