SAPPORO, Japan, Sept 22 Fiji will need to overcome fatigue and travel to beat Uruguay and get their Rugby World Cup campaign back on track after a disappointing loss to Australia, coach John McKee said.
SAPPORO, Japan A come-from-behind 39-21 victory over a fast-starting Fiji was far from perfect but it gave Australia a bonus point and something to build on as they head into a potential pool-winning clash with Wales next week, said coach Michael Cheika.
SAPPORO, Japan Twice champions Australia were forced to abandon a wide game plan and resort to controlled possession as they survived an almighty scare in their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji on Saturday to run out 39-21 winners at the Sapporo Dome.
SAPPORO, Japan, Sept 20 Lots of loud, raucous laughter boomed around the Sapporo Dome on Friday -- Fiji were in town and they were there to have some fun.
SAPPORO, Japan Samu Kerevi's family will celebrate his first and possibly only match against Fiji with a massive barbecue and celebration on Saturday, as the Australian vice-captain runs onto the field in their Pool D World Cup opener at the Sapporo Dome.
SAPPORO, Japan Fiji enter their Rugby World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday with arguably their greatest depth of talent and better prepared than any other in the Pacific islands nation's history, according to coach John McKee.
SAPPORO, Japan Michael Cheika had no qualms in reinstating his 'Pooper' loose forward combination for their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji, with David Pocock and Michael Hooper's experience as important as their threat at the breakdown.
SAPPORO, Japan, Sept 18 Fiji coach John McKee has said the World Cup will be treated to plenty of the flair associated with the island nation's rugby but this time it will be allied with a firm focus on the basics of the game.
WELLINGTON Belgium Tuatagaloa had a stark choice to make when he was called into the Samoa squad for the first time a few months before the Rugby World Cup earlier this year - sign a new club contract or play for his country.
WELLINGTON While the influence of the Pacific islands on global rugby is undeniable with as many as one in five professionals having Pasifika heritage, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa look set for another disappointing World Cup as perennial problems endure.