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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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Fighting spirit; the problems Fiji must overcome

Mosese Rauluni leads the Fiji team in the cibi. Photo: Rugby World

Mosese Rauluni leads the Fiji team in the cibi. Photo: Rugby World

This feature first appeared in the January 2015 issue of Rugby World magazine

ON THE outskirts of Perthshire, Mosese Rauluni takes one look out of the window and shouts at the very top of his voice: “Stop the bus!”

The driver slams on the breaks and before he knows it, the Dundee High FP flyer emerges from the bus, two pints in hand, giggling in delight. He has never seen snow before.

His Scottish team-mates look on in bemusement – they had not really known this Australian-reared playmaker for long, though his brother Jacob did play for the club before and Mosese had given a good account of himself in a first outing against Kilmarnock – but there was something endearing about a thrilled Rauluni falling onto his back in the freshly lain powder and laughing.

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Fiji: Running the numbers on their chances at the Rugby World Cup

Giant Nemani Nadolo plays on the wing for Fiji. Photo: AFP

Giant Nemani Nadolo plays on the wing for Fiji. Photo: AFP

It is easy to write romantically about Fijian rugby; these mysterious yet smiling gods of the running game.

They are richly endowed with talent, and their games have all the excitement of the great underdog battles, with metaphors of the David versus Goliath not uncommon. Their small islands and rugby teams are draped in culture and tradition and are as ethereal in song as they are with ball in hand alike.

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McKee praises Matawalu

 Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

Nikola Matawalu of Fiji makes a break against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

National coach John McKee praised halfback Nikola Matawalu who scored twice and set up another try for Waisea Nayacalevu in the first half  against Canada before limping off before halftime.

“He is recognised as a very classy player and will be an excitement in the tournament (Rugby World Cup),” McKee said during the post-match press conference at the Stoop across the road from Twickenham.

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Matawalu the Glasgow magician

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Glasgow flyhalf Finn Russell. Photo: SNS group/SRU

Finn Russell has praised his Glasgow Warriors team-mate Niko Matawalu, following his key role in the win over Cardiff Blues.

The flying Fijian scored a sensational solo try at Arms Park, the latest in a collection of great finishes for Matawalu since he joined Glasgow in 2012.

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Fiji flying high ahead of World Cup test

Nikola Matawalu played a leading role against Tonga last Saturday. Photo: IRB

Nikola Matawalu played a leading role against Tonga last Saturday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

A fortnight away from their crunch RWC 2015 Oceania qualifier against the Cook Islands Fiji have leaped up two places in the IRB World Rankings table after beginning the defence of their Pacific Nations Cup title with a 45-17 win over Tonga.

The six tries to two victory in Lautoka saw them awarded 1.31 rankings points and takes them from 11th to ninth in the standings.

Not since 2007, when the Island nation made an indelible mark on the Rugby World Cup in France by beating Wales, has Fiji enjoyed such a lofty position.

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