Doncaster Knights: Veikoso back in contention after ‘wonderful’ World Cup

Vili Veikoso
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Vili Veikoso is back in contention for Doncaster Knights after starring at the World Cup.

The 33-year-old hooker featured for Fiji against Wales and Uruguay in the competition’s ‘Pool of Death’.

“The World Cup was a great experience, truly wonderful,” Veikoso told Knights’ official website.

“My favourite part has been seeing how we have improved as a forward pack.

“It has probably been the highlight of my rugby career so far, watching us improve from when I first got in to the Fiji team.

“Back then the aim of our set piece was just to get the ball out as quick as possible, this World Cup we were winning penalties from scrums, stealing line out ball and securing our own ball which was amazing.

“For me personally playing here at Donny has definitely helped me with that aspect of the game.”

Fiji warmed up for the tournament by winning the Pacific Nations Cup - very much exceeding their own expectations.

Veikoso said: “The set up was really good, we had new assistant coaches coming in with a lot of experience and they really helped out with training and with our preparation as a whole.

“It’s been a really busy summer. We won the Pacific Nations Cup which was amazing because we weren’t focusing on the results in that tournament.

“Our aim was to use it as part of our World Cup training and we trained every day. It wasn’t like a typical test match week it was full training every single day.

“We were all surprised to win it, we were really tired, even during game day but it was amazing to come through.”