Category Archives: Fijian players

Raitini try impresses for Flying Fijians debut

Wings clash . . . Alipate Ratini (with ball) of Grenoble is tackled by Metuisela Talebula of Bordeaux. Photo: Skysports

Wings clash . . . Alipate Ratini (with ball) of Grenoble is tackled by Metuisela Talebula of Bordeaux in an earlier Top 14 match. Photo: Skysports

Flying Fijian Ratu Alipate Raitini  scorched away for a try from an offload up the middle before the half time break keeping his visiting Grenoble side in touch 14-17 against Toulon at the Stade Mayol on Sunday but eventully losing 28-61 in the Top 14.

The try was Raitini’s ninth touchdown of the season which will bode well for his chances for selection by Flying Fijian coach John McKee for a debut against France at the Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.

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Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

Henry Speight will debut against the Barbarians. Photo: Roar

Henry Speight will debut against the Barbarians. Photo: Roar

New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

Four selections stand out.

Naming the tireless Matt Hodgson as skipper for the opener is a masterstroke, recognising the huge season he had leading the Force.

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Rokoduguni in, Ashton out for England

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.

Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards.

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Talebula try helps Bordeaux thump Clermont

Brive's Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Brive’s Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Right winger Metuisela Talebula scored a try to help Bordeaux produce their performance of the season to hammer Clermont 51-21 at Chaban Delmas.

His opposite, left winger Napolioni Nalaga also scored his first try of the season for Clermont but it wasn’t enough as Bordeaux scored a total of six tries to record a good win.

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Dragons cut Talei loose

Netani Talei holds up play for the Dragons. Photo: Planet Rugby

Netani Talei holds up play for the Dragons. Photo: Planet Rugby

Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed that Fijian back row Netani Talei has left the Welsh region with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old had one season with the Men of Gwent and made 20 appearances for them during last season.

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‘Rokoduguni the best winger in 2014’

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath's 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath’s 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.

The British Army soldier has made waves since joining Bath in 2012, taking the Premiership by storm and winning a call-up to the England Saxons.

Rokoduguni was at it again in the 21-11 victory at The Rec, with Ford singling him out for praise.

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Kuridrani clinches man of the match award

Tevita Kuridrani was in devastating form against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

Tevita Kuridrani was in devastating form against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani walked away with the Man of the match award in Cape Town even though the Australians lost to hosts South Africa 10-28 on Saturday in their Rugby Championship encounter.

Kuridrani was devastating with ball in hand and set up Australia’s only try in the first half after racing clear before offloading to Ashley Cooper.

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