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Abundance of resources

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Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP

The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading

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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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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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Tonga: ‘It’s possible to beat All Blacks’

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga head coach Mana Otai still firmly believes his men can shock New Zealand when the two sides play tomorrow morning (Friday evening UK time).

The only win for Otai’s side so far has come against Namibia, but they did shock France four years ago and Otai believes that win shows what Tonga are capable of.

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Island teams look all set to jet home early

Tonga's hopes of moving to the knock out stage of the competition was snuffed out by the Argentines. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga’s hopes of moving to the knock out stage of the competition was snuffed out by Argentina. Photo: Planet Rugby

All three Pacific island teams look set to make an early exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup after mediocre performances for the first three weeks of the competition.

Fiji after being crowned the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup champions in August lost all of their first three matches against England, Australia and Wales before winning their last match against Uruguay.

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Aulika calls for expansive rugby

Tongan prop Halani Aulika calls for Ikale Tahi to play running game. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tongan prop Halani Aulika calls for Ikale Tahi to play running game. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga prop Halani Aulika said there would be a paradigm shift when his team play against Namibia in a Pool C fixture at Sandy Park tomorrow morning.

Aulika, who was on the field for 64 minutes during that surprising defeat against Georgia in their opening World Cup match, said the onus would now be on Tonga to take the initiative.

The direct approach adopted against Georgia simply did not work under the circumstances.

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Fiji downs strong Tongans

Waisea Nayacalecu scores a try for Fiji against Tonga. Photo: Zoomfiji

Waisea Nayacalecu scores a try for Fiji against Tonga. Photo: Zoomfiji

Fiji get off to a flying start against tenacious Tonga

The goal kicking of test debutant Ben Volavola proves the difference as Fiji edge Tonga 30-22 in the opening game of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015.

Fiji and Tonga set the tone for what promises to be a full-blooded and highly competitive World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 with a typically physical and entertaining encounter in humid conditions in Suva.

Crusaders-bound test rookie Ben Volavola fully justified his selection at fly-half with an impressive display of goal-kicking that brought him a personal haul of 15 points through three penalties and three conversions.

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