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Uruguay beefs up for Fiji match

The Uruguay team appeared relaxed ahead of their match with Fiji. Photo: BBC

The Uruguay team appeared relaxed ahead of their match with Fiji. Photo: BBC

After suffering the biggest defeat so far of any team at the Rugby World Cup, Uruguay might be forgiven for feeling despondent.

But that is not how this group of largely of amateur players is recovering from the 65-3 drubbing inflicted upon them by Australia in Group A.

Facing Fiji on Wednesday morning (Tuesday UK time), the team is confident it has got a chance of winning.

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McKee gives Fiji rugby long-term mission

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

Fiji coach John McKee believes the Pacific islanders could spring a surprise at next year’s World Cup, driven by international exposure and smartphone technology.

Kiwi McKee, who has only been in charge since May, is currently undergoing an exhausting European trip assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a side who will face France and Wales in November.

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Welcome home prodigal, O’Connor

O'Connor waiting in the wings for a chance at redemption. Photo: Patrick Hamilton, AFP

O’Connor waiting in the wings for a chance at redemption. Photo: Patrick Hamilton, AFP

Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.

He would encourage and lead his mates into trouble and then, somehow, slide away unscathed, while the other two copped the blame and the punishments.

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Reds the next to target Fiji talent

Samu Kerevi has been impressive last season for the Reds. Photo: Skysports

Samu Kerevi has been impressive last season for the Reds. Photo: Skysports

The Reds are launching a recruitment drive in Fiji as they scout for talent in an attempt to rebound from 2014’s disappointing Super Rugby season.

Operations manager and former Wallaby scrum-half Sam Cordingley, was on Saturday at the local league semi-final between Nadroga and Suva.

Cordingley revealed he was working on returning the Reds to the top after a dismal recent campaign and that Fiji was a good place to start.

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