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Vunisa relaxed about stepping in for Italian hero

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji-born number eight happy to replace Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France on Saturday

GUILDFORD – Italy’s Samuela Vunisa is remarkably laid back for someone who has to replace a national hero.

The Fiji-born number eight is the man who has been selected to take the place of injured captain Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Parisse is yet to recover after having a haematoma drained from his calf muscle and Italy coach Jacques Brunel gave the 27-year-old Vunisa the nod, with hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini chosen to lead the team out as captain.

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Island teams get RWC dress rehearsals in November

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will enjoy the best preparation yet for a World Cup after the November Tests were announced by the International Rugby Board.

With some compelling matches, November will see Tier Two teams clash with some of the top sides in world rugby ahead of next year’s RWC.

Fiji, who open Rugby World Cup 2015 against host country England, will benefit from a demanding schedule as they face 2015 pool opponents Wales in Cardiff on November 15, just one week after they play France in Paris.

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Fiji drops in rankings

Fiji and Samoa tussle for the ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji and Samoa tussle for a high ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji dropped a spot in the IRB World Rankings from 10 to eleven after the narrow 13-18 defeat to Manu Samoa last Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The drop follows recent promotion in rankings from 16th after the 2011 Rugby World Cup steadily moving up to number 10 before the drop in the latest status of the IRB world rankings this week.

Japan moved into number 10 after the 26-23 triumph over Italy with Scotland and Samoa, two of the teams they are paired with in Pool B in England next year, firmly in their sights.

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Italy nilled by Samoa

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi kicked five penalties for Manu Samoa. Photo: Planet Rugby

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi kicked five penalties for Manu Samoa. Photo: Planet Rugby

Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi kicked five penalties in his side’s 15-0 victory over struggling Italy at Apia Park on Saturday.

The result follows the Azzurri’s loss to Fiji last weekend to round off a poor year in Test rugby so far.

Pisi made them pay with five successful kicks as Samoa responded from their surprising 18-18 draw with Tonga last weekend.

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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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