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England, Wales eye finals

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Braves Blossoms lost their steam in their quarterfinals against South Africa. Photo: NikkeiAsia

In spite of the last minute effort by the Welsh to comeback and snatch a win from France; the Red Dragons look the better contender to advance to the finals against England in a fortnight.

Watching the game on television last night, the French had done enough to win the match but didn’t have the killer punch to amass enough points to keep the margin clear from the grasp of the Six Nations champion, Wales.

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Abundance of resources

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Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP

The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading

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Tonga: ‘It’s possible to beat All Blacks’

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga head coach Mana Otai still firmly believes his men can shock New Zealand when the two sides play tomorrow morning (Friday evening UK time).

The only win for Otai’s side so far has come against Namibia, but they did shock France four years ago and Otai believes that win shows what Tonga are capable of.

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Naholo gets set to continue Fiji’s All Blacks tradition

Waisake Naholo gets past the Argentinian defence in the Rugby Championship. Photo: Fairfax NZ

Waisake Naholo gets past the Argentinian defence in the Rugby Championship. Photo: Fairfax NZ

There is something about Waisake Naholo, something a little familiar.

The Fijian wing will be a focal point in the build up to the All Blacks’ third pool match at the Rugby World Cup, against Georgia in Cardiff on Saturday (NZ time), with coach Steve Hansen hoping to play one of the aces in his deck.

Naholo’s a great story. The bloke who broke his leg in his first test, sought alternative treatment in Fiji and somehow managed to make onto the plane to England.

Only the thing is, Hansen doesn’t place his rugby faith in miracles. He deals in facts.

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England’s young fliers lack test experience compared with title rivals

Coach Stuart Lancaster’s three-quarters against Fiji average just 19 caps each, while their opposite numbers in the All Blacks are likely to boast 62

YOUNG GUNS: Fly-half Five eighth George Ford and winger Anthony Watson go through their paces in training. Photo: World Rugby

YOUNG GUNS: Fly-half Five eighth George Ford and winger Anthony Watson go through their paces in training. Photo: World Rugby

LONDON – England have selected what is expected to be the most inexperienced first-choice back line of the major teams at the Rugby World Cup 2015 for Friday’s opening game against Fiji.

Coach Stuart Lancaster on Monday announced the same starting XV that beat Ireland earlier this month in their final warm-up game for the Pool A clash at Twickenham. The only change is on the bench where hooker Rob Webber replaces Jamie George.

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Preview: Wellington Sevens

Fiji last won at the opening tournament at the Gold Coast in Australia. Photo: IRB

Fiji last won at the opening tournament at the Gold Coast in Australia. Photo: IRB

The fourth round of the 2014/15 Sevens World Series gets underway at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday, with teams vying for all-important series points.
With a third of the series gone, Round Four in Wellington continues the journey for all the participating teams as the road to Rio heats up.

At the end of the nine rounds this year, the top four teams will automatically qualify for the Olympics, with South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia currently occupying those spots.

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NZ master conditions to beat England

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Winning by three tries to two, New Zealand controlled the appalling conditions in the second half to defeat England 21-24 at Twickenham.

Nowhere near their best but so effective in the way they handled the weather, the All Blacks put away a spirited England side to make it six wins out of the last seven In London.

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NZ men join strongest ever Oceania Sevens

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to rule in the region. Photo: IRB

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to reign in the region. Photo: IRB

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the All Black Sevens are set to compete in Oceania’s regional Sevens competition.

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has announced that the 2014 Oceania Sevens will be played on 3-4 October, alongside the Noosa International Sevens on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

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Ireland shock four-time champions New Zealand

Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB

Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB

Ireland produced one of the shocks of Women’s Rugby World Cup history by beating four-time world champions New Zealand on an historic day at Marcoussis. As a result of their 17-14 victory, Philip Doyle’s side has taken command of Pool B with a two-point lead now established over the Black Ferns and USA, who meet in the final round of pool fixtures on Saturday.

Another mouth-watering tie lies in wait in Pool A where England and Canada are separated only by points difference at the top of the table, after both teams recorded their second consecutive bonus-point wins of the competition.

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Fitzpatrick: Lomu – our strength and weakness

Sean Fitzpatrick on the charge during the RWC 1995 quarter-final win over Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

Sean Fitzpatrick on the charge during the RWC 1995 quarter-final win over Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

As the most successful captain of the most successful team of all time, Sean Fitzpatrick knows a thing or two about winning.

A world champion just 16 days after his 24th birthday, Fitzpatrick went on to earn 92 caps for New Zealand, 62 of them as captain.

He experienced far more wins (74) than losses (16) as an All Black before a knee injury forced his retirement from the game 10 years after New Zealand first lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.

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