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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Mon, 23 Oct 2017, 04:53

Is Semi Radradra still only available for Fiji due to his Sevens cap or has that Olympic loophole changed that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnMAvB1FZXE

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 13:50

Official streaming for Italy v Fiji is http://it.dplay.com/live/13654/2017-ita ... /?t=851489

but likely it's geoblocked

The pre-match interviewer has a broken nose because some days ago a mafious near Rome gave him a hit with the head, while he was making a report about crime infiltrations in local elections

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 14:08

Canalina wrote:Official streaming for Italy v Fiji is http://it.dplay.com/live/13654/2017-ita ... /?t=851489

but likely it's geoblocked

The pre-match interviewer has a broken nose because some days ago a mafious near Rome gave him a hit with the head, while he was making a report about crime infiltrations in local elections


Thanks so much for the link. Not geoblocked!

I read about that interviewer. Good for them to get right back into the action and not be intimidated.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby rey200 » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 14:51

10-10 HT thx for the link
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby rey200 » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 16:07

19-10 FT

weak display by Fiji, fully deserved win for Italy
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby olivier » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 17:09

Fiji is disappointed, once more... Such a waste...

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 17:49

Italy were a bit anxious in the second half about winning their first game of the year. Fiji completely failed to capitalise.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 19:46

Fiji 18 errors to Italy's 8. Almost the same as what the score was. Very frustrating second half to watch from a Fijian perspective.

Disappointed because as you say Bruce, Fiji failed to capitalize. Italy were dominating in most parts of the game, but there were moments where Fiji could have taken it.

Tuisova's fumble over the try line, on Lomani's run that looked like he was going to score, ref said there was a knock on, I thought it should have gone to tmo because to my bias Fijian eyes it looked backwards haha. And Kunatani running behind his own player, Fiji were in a good position to attack there and that happened. Even though Fiji were down in territory and possession, the errors is what really cost Fiji, just a lot of silly errors that were really frustrating to watch.

To the good news is they did look dangerous at times with ball in hand and if they can cut out the errors they can be a threat. I hope some Mckee will name a strong team next week. Was hoping they'd get some good wins and move up to 8th on the rankings, idk if thats possible now.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby armchair_expert » Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 14:31

should have been a penalty try and a yellow card for a trip in the Tuisova non-try incident in the first half

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 19:49

Ireland 23 Fiji 20

Good effort from Fiji in the second half, very different team from the first half. If only our lineout was better. That one lineout in the 77th minute was crucial. Probably just a matter of the team not being together long enough.

Whats up with Peceli Yato? He was bracketed with Kunatani on the bench but Kunatani ended up playing, is Yato injured? Wish they had Viliame Mata there as well, Ratuniyarawa looks a bit unfit.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Figaro » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 14:51

Leone Nakarawa is being linked to the Dragons, according to WalesOnline. Apprently not happy at Racing 92. Would have dismissed it as a completely insane story a few weeks ago but we've had Ross Moriarty confirmed and apparently genuine bids for George North and Quade Cooper, and the article seems to suggest that a meeting has taken place and that Nakarawa is "keen".

Would be an absolutely awesome signing.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby sk 88 » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 16:46

I've been weighing up my response to this rumour.

1) It's so bat shit insane that the journo must have a decent source or he wouldn't risk the ridicule he is getting already.
2) When Fin Russell signed for Racing he said it was Nakawara who convinced him to come
3) If he did want to leave France its unlikely that a Prem team would have the cap room to sign him, I mean for instance Tigers should be looking for a lock like him but unless we knew he was available I doubt we would have shuffled the cards to make the funds available in the cap. So that does limit his options to the Pro 12, and the Dragons are newly cashed up with the WRU seemingly willing to lose millions on making them competitive.
4) He signed a 3 year deal this season I thought.

So over all, I'm skeptical to the point of incredulousness at this rumour but there is just enough there that you can't rule it out.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Figaro » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 18:41

Re: #3 although the WRU are the majority shareholders theres a chairman who is splashing his cash around. Supposedly there's no more cash for players than the other regions get. I don't think the wru would want to put so much money into individual non-welsh players, so it's not that. But even still, you'd think many other pro14 teams would be more attractive and he could pick pretty much any of them. So yes I'm skeptical.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 07:18

Figaro wrote:Leone Nakarawa is being linked to the Dragons, according to WalesOnline. Apprently not happy at Racing 92. Would have dismissed it as a completely insane story a few weeks ago but we've had Ross Moriarty confirmed and apparently genuine bids for George North and Quade Cooper, and the article seems to suggest that a meeting has taken place and that Nakarawa is "keen".

Would be an absolutely awesome signing.


If the rumors are true, it could have something to do with Nakarawa choosing to play for Fiji over the Autumn test season. Racing have paid Fijian players not to play for Fiji in the past.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Figaro » Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 10:53

I can't see the Dragons having any issue with him playing for his country.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Immenso » Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 01:42

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/radradr ... s-20181016

Paris - Stand-out Top 14 wingers Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova headline Fiji's 30-man squad named Tuesday for November Tests against Scotland, Uruguay and France.

One notable absentee is Clermont winger Alivereti Raka, who is expected to be named in the France squad after having taken steps to obtain French nationality.

Fiji squad

Forwards (17):
Campese Ma'afu (Leicester/ENG),
Joeli Veitayaki (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Eroni Mawi (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Ratu Vere Vugakoto (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Mesulame Dolokoto (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Sam Matavesi (Cornish Pirates/ENG/D2),
Kalivati Tawake (Biarritz/FRA/D2),
Manasa Saulo (London Irish/ENG/D2),
Ropate Rinakama (Northland/NZL),
Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92/FRA),
Tevita Cavubati (Newcastle/ENG),
Albert Tuisue (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Dominiko Waqaniburotu (Brive/FRA/D2),
Peceli Yato (Clermont/FRA),
Mosese Voka (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Viliame Mata (Edimbourg/SCO/Pro14),
Nemani Nagusa (Newcastle/ENG/NRC)

Backs (13):
Frank Lomani (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Henry Seniloli (Doncaster/ENG/D2),
Ben Volavola (Racing 92/FRA),
Alivereti Veitokani (Fijian Drua/FIJ/NRC),
Eroni Vasiteri Narumasa (Aix-en-Provence/FRA/D2),
Jale Vatubua (Pau/FRA),
Semi Radradra (Bordeaux-Begles/FRA),
Eroni Sau (Perpignan/FRA),
Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle/ENG),
Josua Tuisova (Toulon/FRA),
Setareki Tuicuvu (Clermont/FRA),
Kini Murimurivalu (La Rochelle/FRA),
Metui Talebula (Bayonne/FRA/D2)
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Immenso » Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 01:45

I make that 8 Drua in the squad. 6 in the forwards, 2 in the backs (both halves). Positions Fiji struggle to fill with overseas based pros. Drua certainly fulfilling a role for them.

Peni Ravai probably the biggest absence?

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Fri, 09 Nov 2018, 21:01

On paper it’s a weaker side than last year. Sadly I’m not holding out much hope for this team. It looks like there must be some bs going on behind the scenes. McKee clearly has some problems when it comes to Peni Ravai, Matawalu, Botia and Josh Matavesi. Ever since 2015 he’s given them little game time even though these guys just happen to be the best players Fiji has. It’s a real shame. Botia is especially a key player, in the game Fiji played against Japan last year, had Botia not been in that match we probably would have lost, he can change a game on his own. That’s what worries me about this tour, there are a lot of good players missing due to injury or something else.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Fri, 09 Nov 2018, 22:48

Fiji without injured nadolo, jim nagusa, josh matavesi, levani botia (mckee refuses to pick inform players like votu, nayacalevu .. our coach is an idiot, he has favorites like volavola, ma'afu, saulo, vatubua and murimurivalu and when this people are available, he willr efsue to pick anyone else over them

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sat, 10 Nov 2018, 00:28

Warpath wrote:Fiji without injured nadolo, jim nagusa, josh matavesi, levani botia (mckee refuses to pick inform players like votu, nayacalevu .. our coach is an idiot, he has favorites like volavola, ma'afu, saulo, vatubua and murimurivalu and when this people are available, he willr efsue to pick anyone else over them


I thought you didn't like Nayacalevu? Yeah it was odd how he's been leaving him out too. I was also surprised Radrodro didn't get a spot after his season with the Drua, but I haven't seen how Nemani Nagusa has been playing.

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