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Public memorial for Lomu on Monday

A memorial service will be held for the late Jonah Lomu at Eden Park next Monday.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a two-hour service will take place at the famous stadium to celebrate the life of one of the sport’s greatest players.

Key described the service as “a public celebration of Jonah’s life” running from between 13:00 and 15:00 local time, with the Prime Minister expecting tens of thousands to attend.

He added: “Jonah was much loved and a huge number of people will to come along and pay tribute to him.”

“This service will be open to all members of the public who want to remember the significant contribution Jonah made, not only to rugby here and overseas, but also to the wider community through his work with charities such as Unicef and Kidney Kids NZ.

“The service will be a celebration of Jonah’s life and I expect a large number of people will want to be there.”

 

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Wales make three changes for Fiji clash

England were superior in the scrums against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday. Photo: WalesOnline

England were superior in the scrums against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday. Photo: WalesOnline

Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate will win their 50th Wales caps against Fiji on Thursday after being named in a side that contains three changes.

Matthew Morgan, Alex Cuthbert and Tyler Morgan all come into the line-up as Wales look to record their third successive Rugby World Cup victory.

Morgan and Cuthbert form a new back three alongside George North. National Dual Contracted Morgan, lines up at 13 alongside Jamie Roberts. Man of the match at Twickenham, Dan Biggar, continues his half-back partnership with try-scorer Gareth Davies.

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Fiji capable of gatecrashing the English party

Fiji players form a huddle to pray after the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop yesterday in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Fiji players form a huddle to pray after the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop yesterday in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Canada 18-47 Fiji: Fijians go into opening game with England on the back of a conclusive win at the Stoop

In front of a watching Stuart Lancaster, Fiji delivered a timely reminder that they are more than capable of playing the role of the ultimate party gatecrashers at the World Cup opening ceremony in 12 days’ time.

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Fijians ‘England line-up’ to face Canada

The national team doing workouts in the Aldershot Army Base in London yesterday. Photo: FRU

The national team doing workouts in the Aldershot Army Base in London yesterday. Photo: FRU

The Vodafone Flying Fijians team to take on Canada in a Rugby World Cup build-up match on Monday will consist of players who are likely to start against England.

The Canada match will be the last hit out for the Fijians before taking on the hosts, England in the opening match of the World Cup on September 19.

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Flying Fijians hit the training ground in England

From left; Metuisela Talebula, Levani Botia, Peceli Yato and Masinivanua Matadigo relax after a pool session in Aldershot Army Base this morning. Photo: FRU

From left; Metuisela Talebula, Levani Botia, Peceli Yato and Masinivanua Matadigo relax after a pool session in Aldershot Army Base this morning. Photo: FRU

The Vodafone Flying Fijians team hit the ground running yesterday in London ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The side had a training session followed by a pool session and then the coaches had a one on one meeting with players at their hotel.

Fiji is preparing for a build-up match with Canada on Sunday.

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Nalaga suffers injury blow

Nalaga's surgery will force him not to be available for Fiji for the RWC. Photo: HeraldSun

Nalaga’s surgery will force him not to be available for Fiji for the RWC. Photo: HeraldSun

Fiji winger Napolioni Nalaga will be out for six weeks after undergoing an operation on his injured knee on Thursday.

The prolific Lyon finisher was left out of Fiji’s squad for the World Cup, but was expected to be fit enough to step in if required with John McKee naming him on a back-up list.

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South Africa could be barred from Rugby World Cup by court action

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Springboks coach Heineke Meyer said he had fulfilled the quota for coloured players in the squad. Photo: Getty Images

South Africa, one of the favourites for the World Cup, will be prevented from taking part in the tournament if a court action this week succeeds. The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is taking the South African Rugby Union to court in Pretoria seeking an order that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, preventing them from flying to London on the grounds that the government’s policy on transformation has not been met with the Springboks’ squad, which was announced last Friday, being mainly white.

Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse, the ANA president, said: “The action is a public duty to defend our constitution and to consign to the rubbish bin of history all vestiges and remnants of racial bigotry, racial exclusion and discrimination. Mokhoanatse added he would be asking the North Gauteng high court to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into “the lack of transformation in South Africa rugby”.

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