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We will be stronger: Fiji

John McKee . . .  thrilled with second half effort from players. Photo: Skysports

John McKee . . . thrilled with second half effort from players. Photo: Skysports

Fiji head coach John McKee was thrilled with his side’s ‘tremendously gutsy’ showing in the second half in their narrow loss to Wales.

Campese Ma’afu’s second yellow card on 52 minutes left Fiji facing an uphill struggle at the Millennium Stadium, but they put the pressure on their hosts in a scrappy encounter.

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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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Goneva returns after visa issue

Fijian centre Veremili Goneva returns to be available against Wales. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fijian centre Vereniki Goneva returns to be available against Wales. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji have welcomed back Leicester flyer Vereniki Goneva after a visa issue forced him to miss the Test against France in Marseille.

Goneva is now available for selection against Wales with Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi also returning to the squad to take on some of his regional team-mates.

“Josh Matavesi has rejoined the squad following injury and Vereniki Goneva has also joined the squad,” McKee told The Sport Review.

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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-André’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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Preview: France v Fiji

Les Bleus danger man Camille Lopez. Photo: Planet Rugby

Les Bleus danger man Camille Lopez. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji have never beaten France in eight attempts and Philippe Saint-André knows he can’t afford to see that record broken in Marseille.

Les Bleus endured a disastrous June Tour to Australia as they were whitewashed by the Wallabies, a 6-0 defeat in the second Test proving to be their most impressive result.

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