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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 00:58

Warpath wrote:The Fiji 7's team to Dubai confirmed

Forwards
* Nemani Nagusa
* Sevuloni Mocenacagi
* Jasa Veremalua (co- vice captain)
* Emosi Mulevoro
* Masivesi Dakuwaqa
* Setareki Bituniyata

Backs
* Waisea Nacuqu
* Seremaia Tuwai
* Kitione Taliga
* Osea Kolinisau (c)
* Kalione Nasoko (utility)
* Joeli Lutumailagi
* Samisoni Viriviri (co- vice captain)
* Josua Vici


What happened to Nasilasila?

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 04:30

no idea, did not play over the weekend so dropped for now..

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Fri, 25 Nov 2016, 00:55

Flying Fijians named to play Japan

1. Peni Ravai
2. Sunia Koto
3. Manasa Saulo
4. Nemia Soqeta
5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Dominiko Waqanibutotu
7. Peceli Yato
8. Akapusi Qera (c)
9. Nikola Matawalu
10. Ben Volavola
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Levani Botia
13. Albert Vulivuli
14. Metuisela Talebula
15. Kini Murimurivalu.

Reserves:
16. Tuapati Talemaitoga
17. Joeli Veitayaki
18. Leroy Atalifo
19. Api Ratuniyarawa
20. Naulia Dawai
21. Eremasi Radrodro
22. Serupepeli Vularika
23. Waisea Nayacalevu

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby tryman » Fri, 25 Nov 2016, 07:59

Matavesi must be injured to be totally out of the 23. Volavola is shocking. Fiji will be much better as they've been together for a few weeks now but with him at 10 they'll probably lose. That said Japan will play a good open game so Fiji will have chances.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 15:03

Fiji 21-6 Japan (HT)

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 15:43

35 - 18 to Fiji, latest score. 12 mins left.

Ended 38 - 25 to Fiji.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 16:48

fiji shut down the last 25 minutes :(

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 18:28

Good win for Fiji, I was expecting the game to be a lot closer than that. I thought Fiji showed good character to not shut down after Yato was red carded, in fact they scored a try not long after. Last week Fiji made small errors and were punished hugely for them. This week there were less errors and when there were they weren't as punished.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby YamahaKiwi » Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 22:10

I wasn't surprised. Japan has a terrible record v Fiji and after the stirling efforts v GEO and WAL by a largely unsung group of players I suspected they wouldn't have much left in the tank for this game, especially with the huge lack of depth in this touring squad. It was definitely a game too far. A disappointing end of year result. Fiji as usual, their inconsistent selves, but given the state of the opposition, especially compared to what they'd played previous to this weekend, I wouldn't be taking too much out of this game.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 01:17

What the hell is it with Fiji and shutting down during matches?

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 05:25

http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/11/27/perfor ... -in-doubt/

Whats with this article?

Mckee did not have a good season this year especially after that embarrassing 14 - 3 loss to minnows Georgia


Georgia are a good team now, they also beat Tonga in the world cup last year and beat Samoa last week and it was a second string Fijian team that played them. Yeah we got thrashed by England but was that really unexpected? It would have been an upset if we didn't get thrashed by them. The Barbarians are a team full of top players too and had 2 games already under their belt before they played Fiji, they had more time together than Fiji did at that point.

After quoting all the difficulties Mckee like being unable to get all the players together for training because of their clubs it says

But despite all these obstacles its not going to help his cause in any way as the bottom line is all about results


Well if the problem is these obstacles, then simply changing the coach isn't going to make those obstacles disappear.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Warpath » Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 23:18

There are no obstacles but the coach, he is talking crap there, yes we barely have players before we go on tour, most arrive on the week of the game and not enough time to gel but we still are able to gel somehow, the issue is that he refuses to select the right crop of players against oppositions, he keeps selecting mediocre players like volavola, vularkia, ma'afu, murimurivalu, vulivuli etc and ignores our better players like matavesi, nagusa, koyamaibole, ravai, little, talei, veitokani..he is his own worst enemy..a few players have promised not to play for fiji again because of him, add matavesi to the list now. ..he needs to go and FRU need to bring in a "real" overseas coach, I think Frans Ludeke is perfect because he did all the hard work with the forwards and they were great during the RWC.. McKee is just a glorified bureaucrat, he is no coach, they need to bring in a real coach and most people feel Ben Ryan will do a much better job than him.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby iul » Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 12:45

Semi Radradra has signed with Toulon. :shock:

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 18:30

Wow, will be interesting to see how he goes in Union. Sisa Waqa has signed for Grenoble too, he used to be a fly half for Fiji.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 18:32

Fiji played the last 50mins with 14 men and still defeated a Japan side able to win in Georgia and compete in Wales. I don't think their coach will be under any pressure after that.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sun, 04 Jun 2017, 01:13

Fiji Squad for the June tests:

Forwards:

Campese Ma’afu, Peni Ravai, Joeli Veitayaki, Manasa Saulo, Leeroy Atalifo, Kalivati Tawake, Sunia Koto, Jale Sassen, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Api Ratuniyarawa, Sikeli Nabou, Naulia Dawai, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, *Peceli Yato,

Backs:

Nikola Matawalu, Serupepeli Vularika, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Levani Botia, Jale Vatubua, Eroni Vasiteri, Albert Vulivuli, Vereniki Goneva, *Asaeli Tikoirotuma, *Josua Tuisova, *Nemani Nadolo, *Patrick Osborne, Timoci Nagusa, Metuisela Talebula, Kini Murimurivalu

*Nadolo out injured, Tikoirotuma suspended, Tuisova, Yato and Osbourne are unavailable for the Australia test. Masilevu and John Stewart brought in as replacements.


Will be interesting to see who will be in the centres for Fiji. Botia at 12 or as a loose forward? Lots of competition with Vatubua, Vulivuli, Botia, Vasiteri and Goneva. Even Nayacalevu and Nadolo can play in the centers.
This season is a crucial season for Fiji considering they're playing for world cup spots, so they've gone for experience. Most of the team is around 30 years old. Only one real fly half in Volavola, although even he's more of a utility back. I guess they're thinking of Vularika as more of a fly half rather than a halfback considering they brought Seniloli back in the team. Hope the team does well and puts up a good fight against Australia, hopefully Australia will name their b side against us :D

Although they're playing for spots in the world cup, when you look at the draw there are no easy spots this time. If Fiji come first, we're in pool D with Australia, Wales and Georgia. All games we could lose. If we come second we're in pool with NZ, South Africa and Italy. If we were 3rd, we'd be in pool A with Ireland, Japan and Scotland.

Unlucky guys who missed out imo:

Nayacalevu
Nemani
Rayala
Veitokani
Michael Little (assuming he wants to play for Fiji)
Sawailau - (Perhaps France are planning on poaching him like Vakatawa. Hopefully Fiji gets him before its too late)
Apete Daveta

Guys under the radar:

Viliame Rarasea - 24 year old lock, started every game for Counties last year. 6'5, schooled in NZ, played for Fiji under 20 in 2013.
Aseali Sorovaki - Young prop, former Fiji Warriors player now playing for Taranaki. With most of Fiji's front row in their 30's they'll be needing younger guys for the future.
Viliame Logavatu - 6'3, 118kg prop, 26 years old. Playing in the Heartland Championship in NZ. Former number 8 converted to prop. Huge guy with the speed and offloading skills of a back. A prop who could make any sevens team. Many good Fijian players were once playing in the Heartland Championship. The likes of Sivivatu, Naholo, Tikoirotuma etc.
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby YamahaKiwi » Sun, 04 Jun 2017, 04:18

I'll correct you on one point. Oceania 2 in RWC19 qualifying is in Pool C with ENG, FRA, ARG & AME1. No PI team will be with NZ unless Oceania 3 loses the playoff v EUR2 then wins the final repechage spot.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 10:27

Fiji team named to play Australia:

15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Albert Vulivuli, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Akapusi Qera (c), 7 Naulia Dawai, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Peni Ravai, 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Maáfu

Replacements: 16 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Nemani Nagusa, 22 Seurpepeli Vularika, 23 Benito Masilevu


Botia unavailable because he arrived late from France, maybe they're just resting him after the Top 14. I can understand that since he plays so hard. I don't know why Toulon couldn't have released Manasa Saulo. Toulon knew damn well they wouldn't pick him for the final, so why not just release him?

If Fiji had their best players I'd say it would have been a competitive match, damn shame. Surprised to see Goneva starting on the wing and no Talebula in the squad.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Bogdan_DC » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 10:29

Muzzy wrote:Fiji team named to play Australia:

15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Albert Vulivuli, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Akapusi Qera (c), 7 Naulia Dawai, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Peni Ravai, 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Maáfu
Replacements: 16 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Nemani Nagusa, 22 Seurpepeli Vularika, 23 Benito Masilevu

Botia unavailable because he arrived late from France. I don't know why Toulon couldn't have released Manasa Saulo. Toulon knew damn well they wouldn't pick him for the final, so why not just release him?

If Fiji had their best players I'd say it would have been a competitive match, damn shame. Surprised to see Goneva starting on the wing and no Talebula in the squad.


Manasa Saulo signed with London Irish.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby vino_93 » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 18:05

Fiji should block Alivereti Raka too. He made a good end of season with Clermont. He is a top player. Of course, there is many good wingers there ...

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Neptune » Sat, 10 Jun 2017, 07:16

Fiji just lost 37 - 14 to the Aussies. Good fight by the Islanders.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Working Class Rugger » Sat, 10 Jun 2017, 09:03

Neptune wrote:Fiji just lost 37 - 14 to the Aussies. Good fight by the Islanders.


It really was. A high paced, highly physical game. Quite enjoyable.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 21:11

Yeah Fiji did alright. Volavola impressed in defence, Nakarawa was brilliant, Ravai was good in the loose play but struggled in the scrums. Guess thats why Southland used him as an impact player. Scrums did better when Tawake came on, but idk if thats due to Aussie changing their front row. Tuapati has always been good at the breakdown, really good at getting turnovers. His weakness in past years was his lineout throwing, but that seems to have improved. Fiji had their moments, hopefully they'll continue to get better. I know Italy are def gonna be looking to attack their scrum now.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby ogrelord » Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 21:35

Muzzy wrote:Ravai was good in the loose play but struggled in the scrums. Guess that's why Southland used him as an impact player.


Ravai is a loosehead prop who was asked to play tighthead because Saulo hasn't arrived from Toulon yet. Even against Australia that's an impossible task at test level.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 08:31

ogrelord wrote:
Muzzy wrote:Ravai was good in the loose play but struggled in the scrums. Guess that's why Southland used him as an impact player.


Ravai is a loosehead prop who was asked to play tighthead because Saulo hasn't arrived from Toulon yet. Even against Australia that's an impossible task at test level.


True forgot about that.

Peni Ravai, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Kalivati Tawake, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera ©, Nemani Nagusa, Serupepeli Vularika, Ben Volavola, Vereniki Goneva, Eroni Vasiteri, Jale Vatubua, Timoci Nagusa, Kini Murimurivalu

Jale Sassen, Joeli Veitayaki, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nikola Matawalu, Benito Masilevu

http://www.fijirugby.com/latest-news/vo ... est-match/

Anyone know why Botia and Tuisova still aren't in the squad? McKee says he expects Italy to try to dominate in the forwards and starve them of posession, but the forward pack from last week did well to keep most of the possession against Australia. So unless its injuries I don't get why he made these changes to the forward pack. Why Masilevu ahead of Tuisova, Talebula or Nayacalevu? He always selects Masilevu and he never really does that much and Fiji have so many other bigger more dangerous wingers to choose from. I don't get it. Vularika starting ahead of Matawalu after Matawalu played so well against Australia as well.

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