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We will be stronger: Fiji

John McKee . . .  thrilled with second half effort from players. Photo: Skysports

John McKee . . . thrilled with second half effort from players. Photo: Skysports

Fiji head coach John McKee was thrilled with his side’s ‘tremendously gutsy’ showing in the second half in their narrow loss to Wales.

Campese Ma’afu’s second yellow card on 52 minutes left Fiji facing an uphill struggle at the Millennium Stadium, but they put the pressure on their hosts in a scrappy encounter.

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Spedding could debut at fullback against Fiji

Scott Spedding has been playing consistently in the Top 14 levele for the past three seasons. Photo: Skysports

Scott Spedding has been playing consistently in the Top 14 level for the past three seasons. Photo: Skysports

Newly named Les Bleus and South African born Scott Spedding could be donning the number 15 jumper against Fiji at the Velodrome in Marseilles on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Bayonne fullback replaces the injured Brice Dulin and already has an upper hand with main rival for the position Maxine Medard.

Medard is struggling to be fit with a groin injury sustained from his club game with Tolouse in the Top 14 last weekend.

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Tameifuna changes his mind

 

Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports

Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.

Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.

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Toulon boss to take IRB to court

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal bides his time for a showdown. Photo: Skysports

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal bides his time for a showdown. Photo: Skysports

Mourad Boudjellal is planning to take the IRB to court over payments to players on international duty in a groundbreaking move.

The outspoken Toulon president had already made his feelings clear earlier this season when he complained about having to pay the likes of Bryan Habana, Juán Martín Fernández-Lobbe and Bakkies Botha while they were away at the Rugby Championship.

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Tonga hope for Tameifuna

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is looking to conclude his push to play for New Zealand and instead don the shirt of Tonga in November and the RWC.

The 23-year-old was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012 but hasn’t yet made his debut due to fitness concerns expressed by Steve Hansen.

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Manoa’s hattrick crush Sale

Saints winger Ken Pisi dives over for the first of six tries against Sale. Photo: Skysports

Saints winger Ken Pisi dives over for the first of six tries against Sale. Photo: Skysports

Samu Manoa scored three of Northampton’s six tries as they thrashed Sale Sharks 43-10 at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

The hosts took control of the game from the outset and there was first-half tries for Pisi brothers; George and Ken, as well as the American second-row, Manoa’s first try.

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Talebula try helps Bordeaux thump Clermont

Brive's Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Brive’s Sisa Koyamaibole advances for his team. Photo: Skysports

Right winger Metuisela Talebula scored a try to help Bordeaux produce their performance of the season to hammer Clermont 51-21 at Chaban Delmas.

His opposite, left winger Napolioni Nalaga also scored his first try of the season for Clermont but it wasn’t enough as Bordeaux scored a total of six tries to record a good win.

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