Rugby

Saturday 12 July 2014

. . . and three who might have made a difference

Published 14/11/2012|05:00

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Niki Goneva

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The Leicester centre has a growing reputation since joining the English side from Tarbes in France. A big ball-carrier with good hands and strong defensive game, he will need to be watched.

Nikola Matawalu

The Glasgow scrum-half showed his incredible skills in scoring the try of the day last Saturday and, as a former Sevens expert, can break from anywhere. At 23, he is one of the bright hopefuls in the Fijian game.

Timoci Matanavou

Toulouse winger Matanavou is one of the quickest players in the game and scored eight Heineken Cup tries last season. Give him an inch and he'll run a mile.

. . . and three who might have made a difference

Isa Nacewa

He is injured at the moment, but the Leinster flyer would not have been involved anyway. Only played for Fiji for a couple of minutes in 2003 and is cagey when asked to discuss it now, but international rugby's loss is a big one.

Napolioni Nalaga

The Clermont winger is one of the biggest threats in the European game, but instead of Limerick, he will be back home in Fiji playing in a Sevens tournament. Nalaga has retired from Test rugby, denying Fiji one of the most explosive wingers in the game.

Jone Qovu

The dynamic second-row has been banned by the French rugby federation for a month after Fiji complaints about his non-release. The Racing Metro man would have made a huge difference at Twickenham, where the tourists' pack were bullied.

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