Category Archives: Fijian players

Wallabies pick 52 percent Islanders

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Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has been named the vice captain for the World Cup. Photo: Rugby Australia

The Wallabies have named 52 percent; 16 players from the Pacific Islands last Friday in their 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan which kicks off on September 20. Continue reading

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Bone crunching tackles, missing element

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Former Flying Fijian centre Viliame Satala  tackles English skipper Lawrence Dallaglio in a 1999 Test match. Photo: Alamy

One of the trade mark weapons that the Flying Fijians seemed to shy away from on Saturday was the thunderous timed tackles that usually disrupted the Brave Blossom’s momentum.

The modern defensive patterns that seem effective in minimising secondary phase attacks is well and good, but Fiji’s main weapon against the nimble, rapid fire rucks by the feisty Japanese in the past was the hard tackles.

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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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