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Yato’s youth may favour him for next world cup

Fiji's flanker Peceli Yato clashes into Australian James Slipper in their match two weeks ago in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s flanker Peceli Yato clashes into Australian James Slipper in their match two weeks ago in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s blindside flanker, 22-year-old Peceli Yato, outplayed his opposite number Australian 31-year-old Scott Fardy in all facets of their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

According to World Rugby stats Yato gained 31 metres with the ball in hand compared to Fardy’s 13 metres and in defence Yato scored a 100 percent tackling with four of his attempts compared to 89 percent of Fardy’s with eight attempts.

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Columnist more nervous about Fiji than England showdown

The former Welsh skipper says he is already ’emotionally exhausted’ from watching Wales do battle in this nightmare World Cup group

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

This really is a brutal group. We are barely halfway through the pool matches and I am emotionally exhausted from just watching.

Somehow, the players must gather themselves for a very different challenge against Fiji, but it’s far easier to do that after a win.

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Pacific Islands magic missing – and Rugby World Cup suffers

Tonga's early loss to Georgia set the tone for a disappointing opening phase to the Rugby World Cup by Pacific Islands teams.

Tonga’s early loss to Georgia set the tone for a disappointing opening phase to the Rugby World Cup by Pacific Islands teams.

The biggest disappointment from the opening phases of the Rugby World Cup has been the lack of impact from the Pacific Island teams.

A relieved Tonga are crowing about seeing off Namibia 35-21 in the latest island effort.

That’s mainly because it is an improvement on their first-round loss to Georgia.

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UK media already attacking opposition

The England team is assisted by the media to intimidate referees and opposition, says columnist. Photo: Getty Images

The England team is assisted by the media to intimidate referees and opposition, says columnist. Photo: Getty Images

Fifth Column: a group of secret sympathisers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defence lines or national borders. (Merrim-Webster dictionary)

The most outrageous comment made during the phony war period leading up to the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning (AEST), with England playing Fiji at Twickenham, was Sir Clive Woodward’s accusation that South African referee Craig Joubert effectively robbed France of winning the Webb Ellis trophy in 2011.

“If I had been coach of France in that World Cup, I would still be apoplectic to this day,” Woodward told theRadio Times. “If that final had been refereed properly, France would have won.”

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Jarryd Hayne’s success is bad news for the NRL

Jarryd Hayne (without helmet) in training with the 49ers. Photo: Skysports

Jarryd Hayne (without helmet) in training with the 49ers. Photo: Skysports

Congratulations to Jarryd Hayne for surviving cut after cut and making the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man roster.

To have the wontons to quit a successful career in the NRL, relocate to the US and succeed in making a pro football team with nothing but desire and belief is an astonishing feat.

Hayne has proved all the naysayers wrong (I was one of them) and despite the happy words from NRL HQ, the success has sent shivers down their spines.

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Island teams need to break into new ground

Samoa doing the siva tau in an international against Fiji. Photo: Zoomfiji

Samoa doing the siva tau in an international against Fiji. Photo: Zoomfiji

All three Pacific island teams have been world beaters in their own right in the past seven competitions but will the islanders break new ground in meeting up in the knock out stages in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Fiji will have to win Pool A to meet Samoa, as the second team from Pool B if they are to cross swords or vice versa, Samoa topping Pool B and Fiji making the second team from Pool A to advance to the quarterfinals.

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