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Rugby World Cup: Fiery Fiji all geared up to make some noise against England


Fiji's head coach John McKee

Fiji's head coach John McKee

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Fiji's head coach John McKee

Fiji have prepared for the atmosphere at Twickenham in Friday's World Cup opener by training to the sound of England fans in full voice.

The islanders enter the Pool A showdown intent on causing a seismic upset, knowing the eyes of the rugby world will be upon them, and coach John McKee has taken every step in ensuring his players will be ready.

"We had a little bit of a strategy earlier in the campaign in Fiji - we had a PA system playing crowd noise and the sounds from Twickenham," McKee said.

"That was part of our preparation. It was the normal crowd noise from Twickenham that was taken off some of the footage.

"It was good in those sessions we did it, it affected the intensity of the training. It's hard to hear calls and the communication in the game."

Fiji will wear their traditional white strip and occupy the home dressing room at Twickenham, forcing England to switch to their red change kit and fill the role of away team. The allocations were made following a coin toss between the managers last year.

"There probably was a time that it would have made a big difference but now in this era it doesn't matter," McKee said.

"It's interesting for us that we'll be in the England changing room, although it probably won't look like the England changing room on Friday night."

McKee insists Fiji, who have spent an unprecedented two and a half months in their training camp, have plenty of belief.

"It would be a big story if we beat England, but all the games are important," McKee said.

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