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Fiji or Japan to win 2019 RWC

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The Brave Blossoms celebrate after upsetting the Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

 

Just like the violent tsunami that hit Kamaishi, the aftereffects of the 2011 great Sendai 9.1 earthquake, a Tier 2 nation will win the Japanese Rugby World Cup after the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on November 2.

Either hosts Japan or Fiji will win the number IX showcase event after Tier One nations New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England dominated proceedings in the past eight tournaments.

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US views top FRB posts

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Flying Fijian outside centre Semi Radradra fends off a Canadian player in the WRPNC on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Photo: Rugby Pass

The United States visitors top the viewership of Fiji Rugby Blog with 25 percent with 5648 views followed by 4848 views from Fiji since the first post was published in May 31, 2007.

The total of 22,518 views from 140 nations has been mostly focused on the 761 posts on the FRB site with several views recorded on the home page/archives on information about FRB labelled ‘Rants, Raves and Incoherent Thoughts’.

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Bone crunching tackles, missing element

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Former Flying Fijian centre Viliame Satala  tackles English skipper Lawrence Dallaglio in a 1999 Test match. Photo: Alamy

One of the trade mark weapons that the Flying Fijians seemed to shy away from on Saturday was the thunderous timed tackles that usually disrupted the Brave Blossom’s momentum.

The modern defensive patterns that seem effective in minimising secondary phase attacks is well and good, but Fiji’s main weapon against the nimble, rapid fire rucks by the feisty Japanese in the past was the hard tackles.

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Blossoms capture Flying Fijians

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Brave Blossoms’ Kotaro Matsushima scores the second try against the Flying Fijians at the Kamaishi Stadium on Saturday.  Photo: World Rugby

The Flying Fijians were ambushed by an animated Brave Blossoms on Saturday at a packed Kamaishi Stadium signalling a warning to all opponents in the Pacific Nations Cup and the Rugby World Cup to beware.

The Japanese fired all cylinders unravelling an unprepared Fiji defence that came undone with crisp passing, daring advances and quick fire rucks by the Japanese forwards and backs.

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Beware, the Kamaishi resurgence factor

Members of the Flying Fijians need to have their eyes wide open in their first match against Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium . . . named after the town's recovery from the 2011 tsunami that destroyed most of the area. Photo: World Rugby

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium where the match has been scheduled is the same venue for the Flying Fijians second assignment in the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on September 25. Continue reading

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Jones hails ‘heroes’ after landmark tournament

Departing head coach salutes Brave Blossoms’ best RWC performance as they bow out against USA with a third victory

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Japanese coach Eddie Jones signs autographs for fans after his team the Cherry Blossoms defeated the USA 28-18. Photo: World Rugby

GLOUCESTER – Eddie Jones could not conceal his delight after Japan capped a memorable RWC 2015 and completed a perfect send-off for the departing head coach with a 28-18 Pool B victory over USA at Kingsholm.

The Brave Blossoms became the first team in the tournament’s history to win three matches but miss out on qualification to the quarter-finals and Jones was full of praise for the team’s national “heroes”, who have made the world of rugby stand up and take notice since their opening tournament victory over South Africa.

“I want everything about this win today to be about the team,” Jones (pictured) said in his post-match press conference. “It’s not about my last game – all the players deserve credit.

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McKee committed to Flying Fijians

Fiji still needs head coach John McKee's direction. Photo: Daily Mail UK

Fiji still needs head coach John McKee’s direction. Photo: EPA

Flying Fijian coach John McKee has denied reports that he was heading to Japan after the Rugby World Cup.

“There has been some media speculation but I am committed to Fiji rugby,” McKee said to the media in the post-match conference at the MK Stadium in Milton Keynes in England.

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