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Fiji thrash Canada in final warm-up

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji's  last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji’s last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Niko Matawalu and Waisea Nayacalevu both finished with two tries each as Fiji thrashed Canada 47-18 in their final warm-up match.

The new Bath scrum-half limped off just before half-time after having scored two impressive tries and set up Nayacalevu for the first of his two scores.

With the return of Nemani Nadolo on the left wing Fiji didn’t squander any goalkicking opportunities as the Crusaders star finished with a 100 percent record from nine attempts.

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Nagusa racially abused

Nagusa has been plying his trade in the French Top 14 competition since 2010 for Montepellier. Photo: Zimbio

Nagusa has been plying his trade in the French Top 14 competition since 2010 for Montepellier. Photo: Zimbio

Montpellier winger Timoci Nagusa who missed out on selection of a 31-member Fijian squad for the Rugby World Cup has spoken out about alleged racial abuse he received during his side’s Top 14 clash at Pau.

The Fijian had an altercation with a supporter after receiving a yellow card in the first-half of the game.

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13-man Fiji cling on against Japan

Josh Matavesi tallied 17 points for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Planet Rugby

Josh Matavesi tallied 17 points for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji required a massive defensive stand in the dying minutes to defeat Japan 27-22 and book their spot in the Pacific Nations Cup Final.

The Fijians outscored Japan three tries to two but only managed three points in the second half, with all their tries coming in an eight-minute spell before the break.

Two late yellow cards left Fiji’s defence scrambling to keep out a powerful Japanese scrum but they clung on, booking their place in the final where they will face either Tonga or Samoa on Monday.

Japan welcomed back a number of their top stars including Super Rugby trio Michael Leitch, Hendrik Tui and Fumiaki Tanaka, along with full-back Ayumu Goromaru.

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