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McKee expresses confidence after Canada game

Fiji players form a huddle to pray after the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop: 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: Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

National coach John McKee has expressed gratefulness after the 47-18 win against Canada on Sunday (Monday morning Fiji Time) after a month of training in Fiji.

“Certainly we really needed that game today,” McKee said during the post-game conference with the media in England at the Stoop near Twickenham where Fiji plays the opening match against England on September 18.

“We had prepared well for this game,” McKee said.

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13-man Fiji cling on against Japan

Josh Matavesi tallied 17 points for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Planet Rugby

Josh Matavesi tallied 17 points for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji required a massive defensive stand in the dying minutes to defeat Japan 27-22 and book their spot in the Pacific Nations Cup Final.

The Fijians outscored Japan three tries to two but only managed three points in the second half, with all their tries coming in an eight-minute spell before the break.

Two late yellow cards left Fiji’s defence scrambling to keep out a powerful Japanese scrum but they clung on, booking their place in the final where they will face either Tonga or Samoa on Monday.

Japan welcomed back a number of their top stars including Super Rugby trio Michael Leitch, Hendrik Tui and Fumiaki Tanaka, along with full-back Ayumu Goromaru.

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McKee up for RWC challenge

Flying Fijians coach John McKee . . . a big mountain to climb

Flying Fijians coach John McKee . . . a big mountain to climb

Flying Fijians coach John MCkee has mapped out the two and half months left before the opening match against England at the Rugby World Cup on September 18.

“We have a big mountain to climb,” said McKee after a torrid Beep Test of the national squad at the Veiuto Primary School basketball courts in Suva on Thursday.

The Flying Fijians marched into camp last Wednesday with McKee having his work cut out with high expectations from the rugby mad nation and the support of an armada of financiers and investors keen on big returns for the Rugby World Cup in England. Continue reading

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Qera captains strong Fiji side

Talebula will be Fiji's fullback against France. Photo: Planet Rugby

Talebula will be Fiji’s fullback against France. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji have named a strong line-up for their November opener against France in Marseille with Akapusi Qera captaining the side.

Fiji coach John McKee has been able to welcome back Masi Matadigo at number eight after he missed the June Tests, while Nemani Nadolo is a surprise inclusion on the bench after a disrupted build-up.

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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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Nadolo rated best centre

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo was rated the best inside centre from all the Test matches that were played last weekend.

According to Planet Rugby, Nadolo after taking the Super Rugby by storm was “of similar style and stature to Jonah Lomu.” Nadolo opened the account for Fiji scoring in the first half.

Planet Rugby analysts were also surprised with Nadolo’s boot after he took over the kicking duties, kicking two penalties and two conversions.

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