Category Archives: Pacific Nations Cup

Flying Fijians have landed

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The Flying Fijians acknowledge the crowd after beating Georgia 45-10 at the Hanazono Stadium. Photo: Yahoo

The Flying Fijians have landed back home to a mild reception after a mediocre Rugby World Cup tournament finishing third in their Pool D with Wales topping the five teams.

After fans got hyped up with the big names in the team, a mixed bag of results with warm up matches with the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup, there was high hopes and foreboding thoughts simultaneously.

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Eden Park Dress Rehearsal

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Loose forward Semi Kunatani is gang tackled by Manu Samoa players in the final PNC match in Suva. Photo: Zoom Fiji

The dress rehearsal at Eden Park in Auckland on August 31 will be the final stretch for the Flying Fijians to test their set pieces in the match against a strong Ikale Tahi Tongan side.

The inconsistencies in the lineouts and the scrums throughout the past five matches; two Maori and three Pacific Nations Cup games, will finally provide an indication of how the team will fare in the Rugby World Cup.

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Silence preludes final selection

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The selected squad need more training at the Sigatoka sand dunes. Photo: FRU

With the predominant culture of servitude and silence currently pervading the country, there has been a lack of critical comments on the final selection of the 31-man squad for the Flying Fijians to be announced on Friday. Continue reading

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Fiji or Japan to win 2019 RWC

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The Brave Blossoms celebrate after upsetting the Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

 

Just like the violent tsunami that hit Kamaishi, the aftereffects of the 2011 great Sendai 9.1 earthquake, a Tier 2 nation will win the Japanese Rugby World Cup after the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on November 2.

Either hosts Japan or Fiji will win the number IX showcase event after Tier One nations New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England dominated proceedings in the past eight tournaments.

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US views top FRB posts

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Flying Fijian outside centre Semi Radradra fends off a Canadian player in the WRPNC on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Photo: Rugby Pass

The United States visitors top the viewership of Fiji Rugby Blog with 25 percent with 5648 views followed by 4848 views from Fiji since the first post was published in May 31, 2007.

The total of 22,518 views from 140 nations has been mostly focused on the 761 posts on the FRB site with several views recorded on the home page/archives on information about FRB labelled ‘Rants, Raves and Incoherent Thoughts’.

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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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Blossoms capture Flying Fijians

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Brave Blossoms’ Kotaro Matsushima scores the second try against the Flying Fijians at the Kamaishi Stadium on Saturday.  Photo: World Rugby

The Flying Fijians were ambushed by an animated Brave Blossoms on Saturday at a packed Kamaishi Stadium signalling a warning to all opponents in the Pacific Nations Cup and the Rugby World Cup to beware.

The Japanese fired all cylinders unravelling an unprepared Fiji defence that came undone with crisp passing, daring advances and quick fire rucks by the Japanese forwards and backs.

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Beware, the Kamaishi resurgence factor

Members of the Flying Fijians need to have their eyes wide open in their first match against Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium . . . named after the town's recovery from the 2011 tsunami that destroyed most of the area. Photo: World Rugby

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium where the match has been scheduled is the same venue for the Flying Fijians second assignment in the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on September 25. Continue reading

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Motivated to help 2019 edition

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The William Webb-Ellis Cup will be up for grabs at the Japanese showcase: Planet Rugby

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is about two months away and Flying Fijians coach John McKee has a plateful deciding who will make the final squad to the Land of the Rising Sun plus the team to face the Maori All Blacks on Saturday in Suva. Continue reading

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Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup 2015 crown

Fiji celebrates 39-29 win against Manu Samoa in PNC final in British Columbia. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji celebrates 39-29 win against Manu Samoa in PNC final in British Columbia. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji sent out a Rugby World Cup warning to their Pool A rivals England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay after a ruthless display of finishing saw them claim the Pacific Nations Cup 2015 title at the expense of rivals Samoa.

Fiji defeated Samoa 39-29 in a thrilling final at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby to claim their second Pacific Nations Cup crown and head into RWC 2015 full of confidence

Second-rower Leone Nakawara grabbed two of his side’s five tries with the others coming from influential scrum-half Niko Matawalu, Kini Murimurivalu and Akapusi Qera in a see-saw contest that saw Fiji race into a 17-3 lead before being reeled back in by Samoa. But just as the physical Samoans appeared to have taken control of the contest, Fiji came storming back with three quickfire tries that saw them reclaim the initiative and pull clear.

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