Re: Pacific nations must proceed with care
Just my view, but I think there is a degree of naivety outside of the Pacific Islands that Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have an homogenous culture and are only separated by a few hundred miles of ocean.
But Fiji is Melanesian and very different to Polynesian Samoa and Tonga.
As mentioned, the combined team of a few decades ago was not successful, and probably one of the individual islands could have done just as well on their own. That is why I would prefer to see Fiji involved independently.
A Polynesian team comprised of mostly Samoan and Tongan players could operate out of Honolulu or Auckland's North Shore, perhaps.
That would certainly add much-needed zest to the flagging competition.