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Fiji based at Swansea Uni for 12 days

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands last month. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands in July. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji will be based at Swansea University in Wales for 12 days playing at the Millennium Stadium against Australia and Wales for the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament.

The Flying Fijians faces Australia at 4.45pm on Wednesday 23 September and come up against Wales at 4.45pm on Thursday 1 October.

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NZ men join strongest ever Oceania Sevens

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to rule in the region. Photo: IRB

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to reign in the region. Photo: IRB

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the All Black Sevens are set to compete in Oceania’s regional Sevens competition.

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has announced that the 2014 Oceania Sevens will be played on 3-4 October, alongside the Noosa International Sevens on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

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Flying Fijians ready for take-off

Fiji have already featured at six Rugby World Cups and will now be looking to make the most of a tough assignment at RWC 2015. Photo: IRB

Fiji have already featured at six Rugby World Cups and will now be looking to make the most of a tough assignment at RWC 2015. Photo: IRB

On June 28, Fiji booked their place at Rugby World Cup 2015 with an emphatic 108-6 victory over the Cook Islands in Lautoka.

Fiji will now join England, Australia, Wales and the yet to be determined Playoff winner in Pool A. With all three of their confirmed pool phase opponents currently sitting in the top six of the IRB World Rankings, the Flying Fijians will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to pit themselves against some of the greatest sides in world Rugby.

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Fiji give Webb Ellis Cup fitting send-off

The Webb-Ellis Cup's next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb-Ellis Cup’s next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup has completed the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in Fiji, delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL.

The Trophy went on a three day visit to Fiji between June 26 & 28, celebrating Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015 which will be hosted in England and Cardiff next year. The Tour also coincided with an all-important RWC 2015 qualifier which saw Fiji beat the Cook Islands 108 – 6  to secure the Oceania 1 qualifier spot in Pool A alongside Australia, England, Wales and the Play Off winner, to be decided later this year.

Warm welcome

After a traditional Fijian welcome at the Ratu Navula Secondary School in Nadi, the Webb Ellis Cup visited schools, clubs and communities across the island, including remote locations Naivucini and Nadarivatu thanks to Land Rover’s least Driven Path initiative.  Former Fijian Internationals Viliame Satala and Alifereti Doviverata also joined the Tour, running coaching sessions, meeting locals, explaining the story of the Webb Ellis Cup and exciting youngsters ahead of next year’s tournament.

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Fiji secures date for RWC opener

Fiji celebrates 108-6 win over Cook Islands at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: IRB

Fiji celebrates 108-6 win over Cook Islands at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: IRB

Fiji will play England in the opening game of next year’s Rugby World Cup at Twickenham after running in 17 tries in a whopping 108-6 demolition job on the Cook Islands.

The Cooks Islands actually led 6-5 after almost half an hour in Saturday’s final Oceania regional qualifying match, as Fiji produced a number of handling errors.

However, the home side soon clicked into gear, with 11 different players crossing the whitewash for tries as the world number 46 side got ripped apart at will.

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Trophy Tour arrives in Fiji

Local youngsters show their excitement at the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup in Fiji. Photo: IRB

Local youngsters show their excitement at the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup in Fiji. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup started its visit to Fiji on June 26 for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

On the first day of the Tour, the Trophy was given a traditional Fijian welcome by pupils from Ratu Navula Secondary School in Narewa, Nadi, before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giants.

The Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the Game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – will see Rugby’s most coveted prize visit 15 countries over the next 12 months as part of a celebration of Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff.

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Fiji hosting Rugby World Cup

Students of Ratu Navula Secondary School pose with the William Webb Ellis Cup after performing a welcome ceremony. Photo: IRB

Students of Ratu Navula Secondary School pose with the William Webb Ellis Cup after performing a welcome ceremony. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup yesterday started its visit to Fiji for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Tour began when the trophy was given a traditional Fijian welcome by pupils from Ratu Navula Secondary School in Narewa, Nadi before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giants.

The Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – will see Rugby’s most coveted prize visit 15 countries over the next 12 months as part of a celebration in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff.

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