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Fiji Rugby

Postby ogrelord » Sun, 25 May 2014, 22:24

Keeping in line with the other threads popping up, all things Fiji-related can go here.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby ogrelord » Sun, 25 May 2014, 22:31

Flying Fijian squad for the Pacific Nations Cup, the first squad named by new coach John McKee below.

FORWARDS
Campese Ma'afu (Nottingham)
Jerry Yanuyanutawa (Glasgow)
Sunia Koto (Narbonne)
Tale Tuapati (Southland)
Vili Veikoso (Suva)
Leroy Atalifo (Suva)
Iseo Colati (Nevers)
Manasa Saulo (Suva)
Wame Lewaravu (Mont-de-Marsan)
Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow)
Rupeni Nasiga (Nadroga)
Apisalome Ratuniyarawa (Agen)
Apisai Naikatini (Brive)
Dominiko Waqaniburotu (Brive)
Akapusi Qera (Toulouse)
Malakai Ravulo (Farul Constanta)
Nemani Nagusa (Nadroga)

BACKS
Nemia Kenatale (Farul Constanta)
Nikola Matawalu (Glasgow)
Jonetani Ralulu (Nadroga)
Levani Botia (La Rochelle)
Adriu Delai (Tarbes)
Vereniki Goneva (Leicester)
Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders)
Sireli Bobo (La Rochelle)
Napolioni Nalaga (Clermont)
Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade Francais)
Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Chiefs)
Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)
Metuisela Talebula (Bordeaux)

NON-TRAVELLING RESERVES
Sione Kolo (Easts)
Nemia Soqeta (Oyonnax)
Seremaia Burotu (Biarritz)
Henry Seniloli (Tailevu)
Emori Waqa (Tailevu)
Watisoni Votu (Perpignan)
Samisoni Viriviri (Nadroga)

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby olivier » Mon, 26 May 2014, 09:01

OMG ! Dream team ! Running game assumed.
Maybe the start of the rise of Fiji !
Absolutely amazing possible starting XV :
1. Ma'afu
2. Koto
3. Colati
4. Nakarawa
5. Ratu
6. Waqaniburotu
7. Quera
8. Ravulo
9. Matawalu
10. Botia
11. GONEVA
12. NADOLO
13. NAYACALEVU
14. TALEBULA
15. NAGUSA

OMG I can't believe it can happen !!

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Petelo » Mon, 26 May 2014, 10:13

That backline could punch almighty holes in the samoan team come 21 June. That Suva test is going to be huge.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Beeman » Mon, 26 May 2014, 15:46

Petelo wrote:That backline could punch almighty holes in the samoan team come 21 June. That Suva test is going to be huge.

Problem with Fiji is they are just a collection of strike runners. In fact they are not far off selecting a bunch of wingers from 11-15. Whilst the calibre of strike runners make may allow for some stunning individual breaks and scores, and possibly one of the most dangerous teams in the world in play when the game breaks up and in open space, there is no structure to it. They can be beaten provided you have good one on one tacklers and play sensibly.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby ogrelord » Mon, 26 May 2014, 21:38

olivier wrote:1. Ma'afu <-- Yanuyanutawa is miles better
5. Ratu <--- Naikatini or Lewaravu
8. Ravulo <--- Ravulo is a 7, it will be Nagusa or Waqaniburotu (too bad it isn't Hughes)
10. Botia <--- Botia is a 12, it will be Ralulu
11. GONEVA <--- Nalaga
13. NAYACALEVU <--- Goneva
14. TALEBULA <--- Nayacalevu
15. NAGUSA <--- Talebula

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby ogrelord » Mon, 26 May 2014, 21:43

Beeman wrote:Problem with Fiji is they are just a collection of strike runners. In fact they are not far off selecting a bunch of wingers from 11-15. Whilst the calibre of strike runners make may allow for some stunning individual breaks and scores, and possibly one of the most dangerous teams in the world in play when the game breaks up and in open space, there is no structure to it. They can be beaten provided you have good one on one tacklers and play sensibly.


Agreed. Some good forwards back in the squad this year though, Koto is a big boost at hooker, still playing well at Narbonne. Waqaniburotu is nice to see back as well. Tighthead is an issue. Saulo is improving and we'll see if either Colati or Atalifo pans out. Their biggest problem is the lack of a Raiwalui-type lock to do the messy business and hold the scrum. Tevita Cavubati hasn't really come around like I thought he might.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Petelo » Wed, 28 May 2014, 02:39

There is no match thread for the Fiji v Italy match, so I'll put the Italian touring squad here.

The 30-man squad is as follows:

Props

Matias AGUERO (Zebre Rugby, 24 caps)

Dario CHISTOLINI (Zebre Rugby, uncapped)

Lorenzo CITTADINI (Benetton Treviso, 32 caps)

Alberto DE MARCHI (Benetton Treviso, 17 caps)

Andrea DE MARCHI (Zebre Rugby, uncapped)

Hookers

Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Benetton Treviso, 64 caps)

Davide GIAZZON (Zebre Rugby, 19 caps)

Andrea MANICI (Zebre Rugby, 1 cap)*

Locks

George Fabio BIAGI (Zebre Rugby, 1 cap)

Marco BORTOLAMI (Zebre Rugby, 104 caps)

Marco FUSER (Benetton Treviso, 1 cap)*

Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 46 caps) - captain

Flanker/n.8

Robert BARBIERI (Benetton Treviso, 35 caps)

Mauro BERGAMASCO (Zebre Rugby, 97 caps)

Paul DERBYSHIRE (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps)

Joshua FURNO (Biarritz Olympique, 18 caps)*

Manoa VOSAWAI (Benetton Treviso, 14 caps)

Scrumhalves

Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby, uncapped)

Tito TEBALDI (Ospreys, 18 caps)

Flyhalves

Tommaso ALLAN (USAP Perpignan, 8 caps)

Luciano ORQUERA (Zebre Rugby, 41 caps)

Backs

Michele CAMPAGNARO (Benetton Treviso, 7 caps)*

Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Treviso, 4 caps)*

Gonzalo GARCIA (Zebre Rugby, 33 caps)

Tommaso IANNONE (Zebre Rugby, 8 caps)

Andrea MASI (London Wasps, 82 caps)

Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 57 caps)

Leonardo SARTO (Benetton Treviso, 7 caps)*

Alberto SGARBI (Benetton Treviso, 28 caps)

Giovambattista VENDITTI (Zebre Rugby, 19 caps)*

*FIR Academy member

not considered due to injury: Gonzalo CANALE (La Rochelle), Simone FAVARO (Benetton Treviso), Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso), Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso), Luca MORISI (Benetton Treviso), Michele RIZZO (Benetton Treviso), Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso)

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Petelo » Wed, 28 May 2014, 02:40

BRUNEL CALLS UNCAPPED ZEBRE TRIO AHEAD OF ITALY’S SUMMER TOUR

Roma – Italy Head Coach Jacques Brunel named a 30-man-squad ahead of Azzurri summer tour to Fiji, Samoa and Japan.

Italy will assemble in Rome on May 24th, travelling to Sydney on the following day and training in the New South Wales capital city for a week before flying to Suva where veteran lock Quintin Geldenhuys – freshly appointed Italian skipper for the summer tour - and his team mates will face Fiji on June 7th in their tour opener.

Azzurri will then play Samoa in Apia on the 14th and Japan in Tokyo on the 21st.

Brunel picked three uncapped players, all of them from the Zebre team. They are tighthead prop Dario Chistolini, loosehead Andrea De Marchi and scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani: while Palazzani took part in 2013 RBS 6 Nations campaign, although making no appearance, both Chistolini and De Marchi are joining the National team for the first time.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby olivier » Wed, 28 May 2014, 06:21

Fiji will beat Italy in Suva.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby olivier » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 10:02

Fiji thrashed Tonga 45-17.
While Fiji regime is softening, under a new experienced coach, is it finally the time for the rebirth and true long-waited rising of Fiji at 15-a-side rugby ?

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 12:32

olivier wrote:Fiji thrashed Tonga 45-17.
While Fiji regime is softening, under a new experienced coach, is it finally the time for the rebirth and true long-waited rising of Fiji at 15-a-side rugby ?


I think if Fiji had a good scrum and good set pieces they'd be one of the best teams in the world. Fiji have definitely been on the come up since 2013 and I hope they keep this up. But that scoreline does flatter Fiji a little. Two of the tries were scored in the very last minutes, the last was well in injury time. Fiji still have a lot to work on after that game, they made a lot of handling errors against Tonga and were let off the hook a few times. Tonga also dominated in territory 71 - 29 and had more possession, idk if that really matters to Fiji though since they like to attack from anywhere anyway. Just like against Italy last week, Fiji were able to make more from whatever possession they had which I guess shows how dangerous they can be. They could have actually scored even more tries if they didn't keep making handling errors and getting penalized. But I guess being down in territory yet still scoring great tries is just classic Fiji rugby. I hope they can keep this up. This and the end of year tour have been the few times Fiji has had most of their best players available, so I guess that has a lot to do with Fiji performing better lately.

Josh Matavesi and Seremaia Bai would also add a lot to the team, not sure who is gonna end up in the 10 jersey, Ralulu was pretty good against Tonga and Italy. But I'd like to see how Matavesi does when he comes back.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Sat, 19 Jul 2014, 08:56

Skipper Cup Rd 10 results (Senior teams)
Vatukoula 31 20 Lautoka
Tavua 21 16 Tailevu
Macuata 13 39 Naitasiri
Nadi 30 27 Suva
Namosi 13 14 Northland
Nadroga 67 3 Ovalau
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Sat, 19 Jul 2014, 18:07

Can we have a log, sir? Who stands where

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Sat, 19 Jul 2014, 18:14

If they're good enough to play at World Cups, then why not in between?

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Sat, 26 Jul 2014, 05:41

Skipper Cup Rd 11 results

Northland 12 48 Nadroga
Suva 33 29 Vatukoula
Ovalau 13 50 Namosi
Tavua 18 19 Macuata
Naitasiri 37 14 Tailevu
Lautoka 14 36 Nadi
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Thu, 31 Jul 2014, 21:18

From Teivovo:

Fiji Rugby Union's new Chief Executive Officer, Radrodro Tabualevu will hold his first media conference at 10am today and then, along with the Board, he will meet the Unions in an extraordinary meeting in Suva tomorrow morning to try and head off the threat by Nadroga and Suva to boycott the semifinals of the Skipper Cup.
All this against the backdrop of the Fiji Rugby Union Annual General Meeting at the end of this month, after the last AGM where Board Members (voted in by the Unions at the previous AGM) - Dr. Esther Williams and Mosese Taga, were thrown out by the Unions. in a vote of no confidence at that AGM and replaced by Nadroga Rugby Union President, Tiko Matawalu and Suva Rugby Union President John O'Connor. However, on appeal, that AGM was declared invalid because of a lack of a quorum, hence this new AGM.
Essentially, the Unions want to regain control of the Fiji Rugby Union, so something has to give, on the playing field, or in the Boardroom.
Watch this space as we give you a blow by blow description of all the action at Rugby House and on the rugby fields of our beloved Fiji.
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Beeman » Sat, 02 Aug 2014, 21:36

Nadolo's try in the Super Rugby final capped an incredible try scoring season for Fijian wingers.

The leading try scorers in the best 3 leagues in the world were all Fijian this year. The Top 14 (Talebula), Premiership (Goneva) and Super Rugby (Nadolo). In addition to that, Nagusa was 2nd leading try scorer in the Top 14, Nalaga and Nayacalevu also in the top 10 try scorers, Ratuvou and Navakadretia were the top 2 leading ProD2 try scorers and Sireli Bobo made a late impact scoring 6 tries in 10 games and Matawalu was in the top 5 try scorers of the Pro12. Meanwhile there was Semesa Rokoduguni and Henry Speight who are both in contention to play for England and Australia.

There is an astonishing amount of talent there, just a shame they rarely find many other players in other positions so have gone for the tactic of just shoving as many wingers as possible into one side.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Sun, 03 Aug 2014, 07:22

The impasse between the Fiji Rugby Union and the Nadroga provincial side has been resolved in a meeting held today.

Nadroga had threatened to boycott its remaining matches including the Skipper Cup semi-final and the Farebrother Challenges.

However, all parties came to a collective agreement, to allow the sport to move in the right direction.

FRU chief executive Radrodro Tabualevu says they are glad to have been able to resolve all issues tabled by Nadroga and other unions.

“Yes we are happy to confirm that the issues have been raised honestly and sincerely in our meeting and I think that is the hallmark of rugby players as they are upfront and sincere. We have a schedule, whereby we will meet and deliver the deliverables that are an issue at the moment.”

Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu has confirmed their grievances have been heard and noted and a written acknowledgment will be given to them next week.

He adds they are happy with the outcome of the meeting.


http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/21839/fru,-nadroga-resolve-issues
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Tue, 05 Aug 2014, 08:14

Fiji's top team recovers from a halftime deficit to beat touring 3rd division NZ-province North Otago:

Nadroga 17 - 11 North Otago.
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Geordiefalcon » Tue, 05 Aug 2014, 09:34

Beeman wrote:Nadolo's try in the Super Rugby final capped an incredible try scoring season for Fijian wingers.

The leading try scorers in the best 3 leagues in the world were all Fijian this year. The Top 14 (Talebula), Premiership (Goneva) and Super Rugby (Nadolo). In addition to that, Nagusa was 2nd leading try scorer in the Top 14, Nalaga and Nayacalevu also in the top 10 try scorers, Ratuvou and Navakadretia were the top 2 leading ProD2 try scorers and Sireli Bobo made a late impact scoring 6 tries in 10 games and Matawalu was in the top 5 try scorers of the Pro12. Meanwhile there was Semesa Rokoduguni and Henry Speight who are both in contention to play for England and Australia.

There is an astonishing amount of talent there, just a shame they rarely find many other players in other positions so have gone for the tactic of just shoving as many wingers as possible into one side.


Absolutely...which is a shame when players like young Nathan Huges - the beast of an 8 at London Wasps looks to be waiting for English Eligibility over playing for Fiji or Samoa for who he is already eligible.
I would love to see him run out for Fiji in next years WC.
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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Horsehead » Tue, 05 Aug 2014, 11:09

Geordiefalcon wrote:
Beeman wrote:Nadolo's try in the Super Rugby final capped an incredible try scoring season for Fijian wingers.

The leading try scorers in the best 3 leagues in the world were all Fijian this year. The Top 14 (Talebula), Premiership (Goneva) and Super Rugby (Nadolo). In addition to that, Nagusa was 2nd leading try scorer in the Top 14, Nalaga and Nayacalevu also in the top 10 try scorers, Ratuvou and Navakadretia were the top 2 leading ProD2 try scorers and Sireli Bobo made a late impact scoring 6 tries in 10 games and Matawalu was in the top 5 try scorers of the Pro12. Meanwhile there was Semesa Rokoduguni and Henry Speight who are both in contention to play for England and Australia.

There is an astonishing amount of talent there, just a shame they rarely find many other players in other positions so have gone for the tactic of just shoving as many wingers as possible into one side.


Absolutely...which is a shame when players like young Nathan Huges - the beast of an 8 at London Wasps looks to be waiting for English Eligibility over playing for Fiji or Samoa for who he is already eligible.
I would love to see him run out for Fiji in next years WC.


Yep, that is always going to be an issue for smaller nations who's players play in the leagues of the Tier1 countries.

It seems on here that there is a feeling that Fiji are on the up again which I hope is true as they have been woeful for sometime now, especially at the last world cup. I really hope they can take at least one T1 scalp - preferably Wales again :lol:

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Wed, 06 Aug 2014, 06:04

Fiji U18 Rugby Team to Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby olivier » Wed, 06 Aug 2014, 06:10

The key for Fiji is the economic wealth of the country. Fiji isn't a poor country. They can quickly support a professional organization.

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Re: Fiji Rugby

Postby Rowan » Wed, 06 Aug 2014, 07:12

Indeed, speculation is rife at present that a Suva-based Pacific Islands team may enter the National Rugby League of Australia, following the success of the PNG Hunters.' The Samoan Observer has even suggested this could turn the 13-man-code into the number 1 sport in the islands. Rugby union needs to watch its back here. Truth is, rugby needs the islands, with their dynamic players and exciting style of play, more than the islands need rugby.
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