Category Archives: November Tests

Fiji faces Les Bleus at St-Etienne in first round

Flying Fijian centre Semi Radradra scores a try against France in their November match which Fiji won 21-14 in 2018 Photo: Stuff

The Flying Fijians faces France in their first round Pool B clash of the Autumn Nations Cup on November 15 at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-√Čtienne southeast of Paris.

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Fiji resist Eagles comeback

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji held on to stave off a second-half comeback from the USA Eagles to win 20-14 in Friday’s Test match in Vannes, France.

First half tries from Montpellier full-back Timoci Nagusa and wing Watisoni Votu, who also plies his club trade in France at second division Perpignan, helped the Pacific Islanders to a 15-0 half-time lead as Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders knocked over a conversion and a penalty.

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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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Webb ready to turn Autumn around

Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani dives for his try for their 33-28 win over Wales on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani dives over for his try for their 33-28 win over Wales on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Welsh halfback Rhys Webb has vowed to channel their Australian heart-break in order to turn the Autumn around with Fiji up on their sights.

Wales were so close again against the Wallabies but Bernard Foley sealed a tenth straight win over Warren Gatland’s men with a late drop goal.

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NZ master conditions to beat England

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Winning by three tries to two, New Zealand controlled the appalling conditions in the second half to defeat England 21-24 at Twickenham.

Nowhere near their best but so effective in the way they handled the weather, the All Blacks put away a spirited England side to make it six wins out of the last seven In London.

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Late Tonga charge sinks Georgia

Tongan scrumhalf Taniela Moa scored a brace against Georgia. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tongan scrumhalf Taniela Moa scored a brace against Georgia. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga scored three tries in the final quarter as they came from behind to beat Georgia 23-9 in Tbilisi on Saturday.

Trailing 9-6 on the hour mark, the Islanders turned on the gas, scoring three unanswered tries in 12 minutes to kick off their European tour with a bang.

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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-Andr√©’s charges.

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