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Beware, the Kamaishi resurgence factor

Members of the Flying Fijians need to have their eyes wide open in their first match against Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium . . . named after the town's recovery from the 2011 tsunami that destroyed most of the area. Photo: World Rugby

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium where the match has been scheduled is the same venue for the Flying Fijians second assignment in the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on September 25. Continue reading

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McKee praises Matawalu

 Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

National coach John McKee praised halfback Nikola Matawalu who scored twice and set up another try for Waisea Nayacalevu in the first half  against Canada before limping off before halftime.

“He is recognised as a very classy player and will be an excitement in the tournament (Rugby World Cup),” McKee said during the post-match press conference at the Stoop across the road from Twickenham.

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McKee expresses confidence after Canada game

Fiji players form a huddle to pray after the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop: Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Fiji players form a huddle to pray after the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop: Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

National coach John McKee has expressed gratefulness after the 47-18 win against Canada on Sunday (Monday morning Fiji Time) after a month of training in Fiji.

“Certainly we really needed that game today,” McKee said during the post-game conference with the media in England at the Stoop near Twickenham where Fiji plays the opening match against England on September 18.

“We had prepared well for this game,” McKee said.

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Fiji thrash Canada in final warm-up

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji's  last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji’s last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Niko Matawalu and Waisea Nayacalevu both finished with two tries each as Fiji thrashed Canada 47-18 in their final warm-up match.

The new Bath scrum-half limped off just before half-time after having scored two impressive tries and set up Nayacalevu for the first of his two scores.

With the return of Nemani Nadolo on the left wing Fiji didn’t squander any goalkicking opportunities as the Crusaders star finished with a 100 percent record from nine attempts.

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Mack is putting something back

Phil Mack attacks against Fiji in their PNC clash last year. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

Phil Mack attacks against Fiji in their PNC clash last year. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

Phil Mack is a small man who has made a big contribution to Canadian rugby – and not just as a star of both formats of the game.

Mack, who won his 21st cap at Fifteens against border rivals USA in the Pacific Nations Cup in Sacramento last night, is also an eight-year veteran of the Rugby Sevens circuit.

Last season he was named in the HSBC Sevens World Series Dream Team and remains his country’s all-time record points scorer with just shy of 900 points from a half-century of appearances, a total that surely would have been more had he not undergone knee surgery two years ago.

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Island honour on line in ‘Battle of Pacific’

Samoa faces Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow. Photo: IRB

Samoa faces Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow. Photo: IRB

The final Pacific Conference match of Pacific Nations Cup 2014 will see Fiji host Samoa in Suva on Saturday 21 June to determine who will finish as the top side in the region.

Both teams have performed well in recent weeks with Fiji moving up one place in the IRB World Rankings to 10th following good wins over Italy (25-14) and Tonga (45-17) this month. Samoa, who drew against Tonga 18-all and defeated Italy 15-0 last week, also climbed up a spot to 9th.

The last time the two teams met was at PNC 2012 in Tokyo when Samoa edged Fiji 29-26. However, in 2011 in Suva, Fiji won 36-18. So it is all to play for and pride is at stake in what locals are describing as the ‘Battle of the Pacific.”

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Japan stun Canada with half-time turnaround

Canada's Harry Jones comes up against a Japanese roadblock in the shape of Shota Horie. Photo: Getty Images

Canada’s Harry Jones comes up against a Japanese roadblock in the shape of Shota Horie. Photo: Getty Images

Japan overcame a 16-point half-time deficit to defeat Canada 34-25 in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup.

Led by the boot of Ayumu Goromaru, Japan scored 25 unanswered points in the second-half as they extended their winning streak to eight games.

Goromaru landed five penalties and two conversions for a personal tally of 19 points, while Japan scored three tries thanks to Yoshikazu Fujita, Yu Tamura and Hendrik Tui.

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