Category Archives: Fiji Rugby Union

Nadolo and Goneva start for Fiji

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Vereniki Goneva and Nemani Nadolo will line up in midfield for Fiji when they take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Head coach John McKee has made four changes in all to his backline, with Goneva and Nadolo joined in the starting lineup by Waisea Nayacalevu and Josh Matavesi.

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Wales change eight for Fiji

Brought in: Priestland, Tipuric. Photo: Planet Rugby

Brought in: Priestland, Tipuric. Photo: Planet Rugby

Wales have made eight personnel changes to their side to face Fiji on Saturday, with Gethin Jenkins returning to the starting line-up to lead the side.

Jenkins will captain the side for a fourth time and is included in a new-look front row. Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin makes his first start for his country and they will pack down alongside Samson Lee.

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Thomas bags hat-trick on France debut

Teddy Thomas (right) celebrates one of his tries. Photo: Planet Rugby

Teddy Thomas (right) celebrates one of his tries. Photo: Planet Rugby

Teddy Thomas became only the second Frenchman ever to score a hat-trick on debut as France cruised past Fiji, 40-15 in Marseille.

The Racing winger had his first try inside 60 seconds, and added two more after the break, in a morale-boosting win for Philippe Saint-AndrĂ©’s charges.

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Qera captains strong Fiji side

Talebula will be Fiji's fullback against France. Photo: Planet Rugby

Talebula will be Fiji’s fullback against France. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji have named a strong line-up for their November opener against France in Marseille with Akapusi Qera captaining the side.

Fiji coach John McKee has been able to welcome back Masi Matadigo at number eight after he missed the June Tests, while Nemani Nadolo is a surprise inclusion on the bench after a disrupted build-up.

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Fiji lose Nalaga for November Tests

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga will miss Fiji’s November Tests against France, Wales and the USA due to family reasons, Fiji coach John McKee told AFP on Sunday.

The prolific 28-year-old has scored nine tries in 16 internationals for Fiji, but won’t be adding to that this winter.

“He expressed that he didn’t want to be considered for this tour,” said McKee.

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McKee gives Fiji rugby long-term mission

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

Fiji coach John McKee believes the Pacific islanders could spring a surprise at next year’s World Cup, driven by international exposure and smartphone technology.

Kiwi McKee, who has only been in charge since May, is currently undergoing an exhausting European trip assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a side who will face France and Wales in November.

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ARU unsure about Gold Coast Sevens future

Fiji's Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

Fiji’s Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

The future of the Gold Coast Sevens rugby tournament remains unclear after another disappointing attendance at the event on the weekend.

Officially 20,546 attended the two-day event in Robina, an underwhelming return when compared to some of the marquee stops on the tour such as Hong Kong, Wellington or London.

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