Category Archives: November Tests

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-André’s charges.

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Italy claim victory over Samoa

Italian fullback Andrea Masi is tackled by a Samoan player. Photo: Planet Rugby

Italian fullback Andrea Masi is tackled by a Samoan player. Photo: Planet Rugby

Italy came from 3-10 down at half-time to defeat Samoa 24-13 in their November Test at Stadio Cino e Lilio Del Duca in Ascoli.

New Zealand-born fly-half Kelly Haimona kicked 14 points to inspire Italy to the hard-fought win as they ended a nine-match string of defeats.

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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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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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Spedding could debut at fullback against Fiji

Scott Spedding has been playing consistently in the Top 14 levele for the past three seasons. Photo: Skysports

Scott Spedding has been playing consistently in the Top 14 level for the past three seasons. Photo: Skysports

Newly named Les Bleus and South African born Scott Spedding could be donning the number 15 jumper against Fiji at the Velodrome in Marseilles on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Bayonne fullback replaces the injured Brice Dulin and already has an upper hand with main rival for the position Maxine Medard.

Medard is struggling to be fit with a groin injury sustained from his club game with Tolouse in the Top 14 last weekend.

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