Former Wallaby Radike Samo competing in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds. Photo: Zimbio
Former All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu and ex Wallaby Radike Samo have been named in a star-studded Pacific Barbarians line-up for Sunday’s clash against Tonga in Auckland.
Other ex All Blacks are Jerry Collins, Sione Lauwaki, Rene Ranger, and Justine Marshall alongside former Wallabies Rodney Blake and Digby Ioane.
Recent Tonga Test representatives Lua Lokotui, Kurt Morath and Taniela Moa are set to face off against their international team-mates as part of the combined team which is coached by former New Zealand number eight Wayne Shelford.
Fiji U20 defends against Italy in the U20 RWC in New Zealand. Photo: IRB
Fiji has a good chance to win a gold medal in rugby sevens tournament at the Nanjing Youth Olympics Games from 17-20 August.
The International Rugby Board yesterday announced that Fiji will be one of the six teams taking part in the inaugural sevens tournament, a first in any Olympics programme. The other five teams are Japan, France, Argentina, Kenya and the USA.
The six teams competing in the women’s event are Canada, China, Spain, Australia, Tunisia and the USA.
Former English skipper Steve Borthwick is new Japan lineout coach. Photo: Planet Rugby
Japan coach Eddie Jones is eager for his side to peak at next year’s World Cup after an impressive nine-game winning streak for the national team.
Victories over Canada and the USA have made for an outstanding month for the Brave Blossoms, with this weekend seeing them face Italy in Tokyo.
And Jones believes it will be a difficult task to make it ten in a row when they face the Azzurri, a side they have struggled against in the past.
“It will be our toughest game of the year,” the former Australia head coach told reporters.
“Japan’s record against Italy is not impressive so it’s a fantastic opportunity to change Japanese rugby history.”
Japan’s recent success risks becoming a double-edged sword for Jones, however, as World Cup rivals devote more time to analysing how to avoid being upset in England next year.
“Of course we really want to peak at the World Cup,” said Jones.