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Atalifo’s 75 minutes prove vital

Leeroy Atalifo of Fiji (C) and team mates look on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.  Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Leeroy Atalifo of Fiji (C) and team mates look on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

The subbing of Suva prop Leeroy Atalifo in the 75th minute of the match between Fiji and Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup at Milton Keyne has reiterated the success of the coaching staff in preparing a class team for the competition.

The records in the World Rugby shows 100 percent success in winning own scrums in the match against the South Americans which indicates Atalifo’s continuation of Manasa Saulo’s clean slate in the three matches before.

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Gatland relieved with Fiji win

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji's scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji’s scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland was relieved to get a win over Fiji despite missing out on a bonus point in a thrilling game in Cardiff.

The Welsh looked well-set to pick up maximum points when they led 17-3 after half an hour, with two tries under their belts.

However from there Fiji grew into the game, and even threatened an upset when they got back to within four points early in the second half.

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Prop convinced Wales scrum to be ready for Fiji

Prop Samson Lee speaks to the media. Photo: WalesOnline

Prop Samson Lee speaks to the media. Photo: WalesOnline

Welsh prop Samson Lee has vowed Wales will fix their ailing scrum for Friday morning’s vital Rugby World Cup clash with Fiji after it was put through the mincer by England.

The prop forward came off the bench during the second half of the gutsy backs-to-the-wall 28-25 victory at Twickenham in Pool A.

But he admitted Warren Gatland’s team have to improve their scrummaging if they are to increase their chances of reaching the knock-out stage.

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England red-faced over shove by Fiji forwards

England skipper Chris Robshaw faces Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa in the RWC opening match at Twickenham. Photo: The Guardian

England skipper Chris Robshaw faces Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa in the RWC opening match at Twickenham. Photo: The Guardian

England’s pack under scrutiny at Rugby World Cup after scrum was pushed off own ball by supposedly inferior Fiji forwards

A game in and already England have a rallying point to crowd round. How they react will go some way to defining their progress or otherwise from Pool A. It happened just shy of the half-hour mark in Friday’s win over Fiji. Such is the incident’s notoriety that there should not be need for too much introduction. Nevertheless, let’s set the scene.

England have just been torn apart by some typically Fijian brilliance by Nikola Matawalu, who failed to score a solo try only because he dropped the ball in stretching for the line. Relief surged round Twickenham. England were awarded a five-metre scrum. They had survived the demonstration of what Fiji do; now they could resort to what they do.

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Speight ready to give his all for Wallabies

Henry Speight's family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

Henry Speight’s family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

After a long four year wait ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has finally become eligible to suit up for the Wallabies, but it wasn’t his long-term wait to become a Wallaby that had Speight so happy over the weekend, but the Australian government ending years of heartache by granting his family visitor visas.

The Fijian-born star and his five siblings were reunited for the first time in seven years over the weekend, with Davila and Jerry allowed into the country just days after Speight became eligible to play for Australia.

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Japan victors over USA

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Japan continue to dominate the emerging rugby nations after securing a 37-29 victory over the USA in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Full-back Ayumu Goromaru put in yet another impressive performance for the Brave Blossoms, kicking 17 points as Japan secured a bonus-point victory.

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