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Bruised Fiji take heart from Wales

Tabai Matson (middle) trains the Fijian backline. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Tabai Matson (middle) trains the Fijian backline. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Fiji is clinging to the slim hope for a string of upsets in the congested Pool A as they prepare for their third leg of an arduous opening to the World Cup.

In the space of five days they played and lost to England and Australia and now face Wales meaning clashes with the second, third and sixth ranked sides in the world in their first three games.

“It is tough,” said assistant coach Tabai Matson, who played for Fiji in the 1999 World Cup and later played 10 games for the All Blacks.

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Vunisa relaxed about stepping in for Italian hero

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji-born number eight happy to replace Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France on Saturday

GUILDFORD – Italy’s Samuela Vunisa is remarkably laid back for someone who has to replace a national hero.

The Fiji-born number eight is the man who has been selected to take the place of injured captain Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Parisse is yet to recover after having a haematoma drained from his calf muscle and Italy coach Jacques Brunel gave the 27-year-old Vunisa the nod, with hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini chosen to lead the team out as captain.

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