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Key number 10 position

Flying Fijian flyhalf Ben Volavola with Holywood star girlfriend Shailene Woodley in New York. Photo: gotceleb

The halves combination is one of the most important aspects of any team whether club competition or the highest level in the Rugby World Cup which kicks off tomorrow night in Tokyo.

Coach John McKee has not been coy about his choice at number nine with Frank Lomani debuting in the global showpiece which the Savusavu native deservedly merits with his exploits on show in the last November Tests in Europe and the last couple of Pacific Nations Cup series.

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The team always comes first, Matavesi clarifies

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Fiji’s Josh Matavesi misses a tackle against Wales winger George North in the Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photo: DPA

Flying Fijians fly-half Joshua Matavesi says the team always comes first despite mis-reports on his confusion and de-motivation by Fiji’s treatment during Rugby World Cup (RWC2015).

Speaking from the Fiji team-base in Swansea, Wales yesterday Matavesi said; “I wish I personally could have played a bigger role but the team always comes first.”

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Matavesi extends Ospreys stay

Josh Matavesi offloads for Fiji against Canada in a warm up match before the Rugby World Cup.

Josh Matavesi offloads for Fiji against Canada in a warm up match before the Rugby World Cup.

The Ospreys have announced that Fiji centre Josh Matavesi has signed a new three-year contract with the Welsh region.

Matavesi joined the Ospreys on a two-year deal in the summer of 2014 and has been rewarded with a new contract that runs through to the summer of 2018 after establishing himself as a key figure in midfield.

Currently with the Fijian squad at the Rugby World Cup and preparing to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday, Matavesi made his Ospreys debut on the opening weekend of last season, a 44-13 over Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.

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Matavesi confident Fiji can upset at Rugby World Cup

Fiji’s fly-half was born and bred in Cornwall but his heart was always with his father’s homeland

Josh Matavesi will be pivot for Fiji at the number 10 spot. Photo: The Guardian

Josh Matavesi will be pivot for Fiji at the number 10 spot. Photo: The Guardian

Think of rugby in Cornwall and grizzled front-row forwards such as Brian “Stack” Stevens, Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman spring to mind. Fijian fly-halves? Not so much. But marshalling the islanders’ backline at Twickenham on Friday, providing the platform for the sidesteps and body-swerves, will be Josh Matavesi – born and raised near the Camborne quarries rather than on Suva’s sand.

His father, Sireli, was a coconut farmer from the remote Vanua Balavu island but made such an impression on a Fiji Barbarians tour in the 1980s that Camborne RFC wanted him back. They found him a job in the nearby tin mines and it was with Camborne that Josh began a career that has included spells at Exeter, Racing 92, Worcester and now the Ospreys, earning a 14th Fiji cap in the dominant victory over Canada last Saturday.

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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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Goneva returns after visa issue

Fijian centre Veremili Goneva returns to be available against Wales. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fijian centre Vereniki Goneva returns to be available against Wales. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji have welcomed back Leicester flyer Vereniki Goneva after a visa issue forced him to miss the Test against France in Marseille.

Goneva is now available for selection against Wales with Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi also returning to the squad to take on some of his regional team-mates.

“Josh Matavesi has rejoined the squad following injury and Vereniki Goneva has also joined the squad,” McKee told The Sport Review.

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