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Fiji lose Nalaga for November Tests

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga will miss Fiji’s November Tests against France, Wales and the USA due to family reasons, Fiji coach John McKee told AFP on Sunday.

The prolific 28-year-old has scored nine tries in 16 internationals for Fiji, but won’t be adding to that this winter.

“He expressed that he didn’t want to be considered for this tour,” said McKee.

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Talebula try helps Bordeaux thump Clermont

Brive's Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Brive’s Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Right winger Metuisela Talebula scored a try to help Bordeaux produce their performance of the season to hammer Clermont 51-21 at Chaban Delmas.

His opposite, left winger Napolioni Nalaga also scored his first try of the season for Clermont but it wasn’t enough as Bordeaux scored a total of six tries to record a good win.

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Clermont shocked by Montpellier

Trinh-Duc stayed calm to pull Montpellier through. Photo: Skysports

Trinh-Duc (2nd from right) stayed calm to pull Montpellier through. Photo: Skysports

Francois Trinh-Duc held his nerve as Montpellier stunned Clermont 21-20 at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

The French international scored 18 of his side’s 21 points, including a last-minute penalty from 45 metres out when Clermont had been penalised in a scrum.

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Clermont victims passed fit for Brive

Clermont lock Julien Pierre prepares for their match on Saturday. Photo:

Clermont lock Julien Pierre prepares for their match on Saturday. Photo:

Two of the Clermont trio attacked last month, Benjamin Kayser and Julien Pierre, have been passed fit to play in the Top 14 this weekend.

Kayser and Pierre, who were both hospitalised following an attack by a gang in Millau while away on their training camp ahead of the new season.

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France rugby stars attacked with machetes

French back Aurelien Rougerie (with ball) was one of the players attacked. Photo: Getty Images

French back Aurelien Rougerie (with ball) was one of the players attacked. Photo: Getty Images

Three French Test rugby stars are rushed to hospital after a brutal machete attack at a Clermont training camp in the southern French city of Millau.

French rugby is reeling after three Test stars who play for glamour club Clermont were rushed to hospital after being attacked by thugs wielding machetes, knives and swords.

Benjamin Kayser, Julien Pierre and Aurélien Rougerie were set upon by up to 12 men in a street brawl after they had left a nightclub in the southern city of Millau. Clermont had been training in Millau ahead of the French club season.

The club said all three players were rushed to hospital, but none had life-threatening injuries.

Pierre, who with Rougerie was in the French team that lost the 2011 Rugby World Cup final to the All Blacks in Auckland, appeared to be the worst-affected, requiring surgery on ”deep cuts” to his hip.

”As they walked back to their hotel overnight Saturday, a group of players was assaulted by a dozen people carrying weapons including machetes, sabres,” the club said.

Local police reported the incident took place about 3am after the players went to a nightclub, where they may have argued with other revellers.

French newspapers suggested the players went to help a woman who was being harassed by some of the offenders on the dance floor.

“The whole club is both shocked and outraged by these incidents and is providing all the necessary support to the local authorities, who have opened an investigation into the attack to find and punish the perpetrators. In addition to helping the players involved, the club is also contemplating legal proceedings,” the club’s statement read.

The players were vastly experienced.

Rougerie, 33, is Clermont’s captain and has 77 caps for France. He played at wing or centre. Kayser, 29, was a hooker and has played 24 times for France. Pierre, 33, has 27 appearances for his country at lock.

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Sivivatu backs Castres for success

Sivivatu join Castres in the Top 14 competition. Photo: Skysports

Sivivatu join Castres in the Top 14 competition. Photo: Skysports

Castres’s new signing Sitiveni Sivivatu believes his new club are destined for more silverware after joining from Clermont.

The former All Blacks winger, who won 45 caps between 2005-2011, spent three years with Clermont in the Top 14 scoring 22 tries.

Now with 2014 champions Castres, Sivivatu is settling into his new surroundings and admits he still has plenty to learn at the age of 32.

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