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Fiji’s unpredictability is key weapon

Fiji are in form, possess a modern-day Jonah Lomu in Nemani Nadolo and will worry Australia, Wales and England, but getting out of the group will be tough

Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo plays wing against Canada at the Stoop on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo plays wing against Canada at the Stoop on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Fixtures

Fri 18 Sep England v Fiji, Twickenham, 8pm

Wed 23 Sept Australia v Fiji, Millennium Stadium, 4.45pm

Thur 1 Oct Wales v Fiji, Millennium Stadium, 4.45pm

Tue 6 Oct Fiji v Uruguay, Stadium MK, 8pm

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Fiji thrash Canada in final warm-up

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji's  last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Nemani Nadolo attacks against Canada in Fiji’s last warm up match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Niko Matawalu and Waisea Nayacalevu both finished with two tries each as Fiji thrashed Canada 47-18 in their final warm-up match.

The new Bath scrum-half limped off just before half-time after having scored two impressive tries and set up Nayacalevu for the first of his two scores.

With the return of Nemani Nadolo on the left wing Fiji didn’t squander any goalkicking opportunities as the Crusaders star finished with a 100 percent record from nine attempts.

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Nadolo and Goneva start for Fiji

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Vereniki Goneva and Nemani Nadolo will line up in midfield for Fiji when they take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Head coach John McKee has made four changes in all to his backline, with Goneva and Nadolo joined in the starting lineup by Waisea Nayacalevu and Josh Matavesi.

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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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Raitini try impresses for Flying Fijians debut

Wings clash . . . Alipate Ratini (with ball) of Grenoble is tackled by Metuisela Talebula of Bordeaux. Photo: Skysports

Wings clash . . . Alipate Ratini (with ball) of Grenoble is tackled by Metuisela Talebula of Bordeaux in an earlier Top 14 match. Photo: Skysports

Flying Fijian Ratu Alipate Raitini  scorched away for a try from an offload up the middle before the half time break keeping his visiting Grenoble side in touch 14-17 against Toulon at the Stade Mayol on Sunday but eventully losing 28-61 in the Top 14.

The try was Raitini’s ninth touchdown of the season which will bode well for his chances for selection by Flying Fijian coach John McKee for a debut against France at the Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.

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Nadolo re-signs with Crusaders

Nemani Nadolo will be attacking for the Crusaders in Super Rugby for another two years. Photo: Zimbio

Nemani Nadolo will be attacking for the Crusaders in Super Rugby for another two years. Photo: Zimbio

Giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo, having brushed aside a racist taunt in a Christchurch bar earlier this week, has re-signed with the Crusaders for another two years of Super Rugby.

Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said on Friday that Nadolo would now return to his NEC Green Rockets team in Japan for another season before rejoining the Crusaders in 2015.

Having scored a try in the Crusaders’ one-point Super Final loss to the Waratahs last Saturday, Nadolo tweeted about a racial taunt he received while drinking with Crusaders teammates in a Christchurch bar on Sunday night.

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Kuridrani hopes to pick up Super rugby deal

Harry Parker, Chris Kuridrani and Junior Laloifi show off the new Brisbane City kit for NRC. Photo: Jamie Hanson / News Corp Australia

Harry Parker, Chris Kuridrani and Junior Laloifi show off the new Brisbane City kit for NRC. Photo: Jamie Hanson / News Corp Australia

GPS improver Chris Kuridrani heads a host of wingers eager to prove they should be in the Reds revival plans for Super Rugby.

The best from club land have the perfect showcase to push their cause in the Premier Rugby finals and the new nine-round Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.

That’s certainly the way Kuridrani, 22, Sunnybank stepper Junior Laloifi, 19, and University speedster Harry Parker, 21, have sized it up as wingers selected for Brisbane City.

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