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Our Stars In Action

After the Champions Cup final, the European top player for 2020 will be named in which Vakatawa and Radradra are among the five shortlisted players. The others are Russell and Exeter Chiefs Stuart Hogg and Sam Simmonds.
15 Oct 2020 14:26
Our Stars In Action
Nathan Hughes will be in action in Europe.

We are in for a big rugby week and it’s worth reminding fans not to miss out.

You need to tune in watching our stars in action here and around the globe.

Despite the difficult circumstances brought about by the COVID -19 pandemic, it’s rugby as usual. And this has brought a sense of relief as the world is learning to adapt to this New Normal

Our players will be heavily involved in knockout rugby in Europe and New Zealand and fans can’t afford to miss out.

 

European Challenge  Cup Final

This will between Pat Lam –coached Bristol Bears and Toulon.

Three Fijians will be involved with Semi Radradra and Nathan Hughes for the Bears and Olympian Masivesi Dakuwaqa for Toulon.

All have been match winners for their teams and Lam is calling on the Bears to bounce back from last weekend’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final defeat to Wasps by winning the club’s first major European silverware at Stade Maurice –David, France on Saturday.

According to Lam, the Bears hardly ‘fired a bullet’ against Wasps and they can’t afford a repeat performance against Dakuwaqa’s three-time Heineken Cup winners.

And he expects all guns blazing from the Bears and banks on Hughes and Radradra to lead the charge.

“This is massive for us; we’ve worked hard for this,” said Lam.

 

European Champions Cup Final

This will be between Racing 92 and Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate in Bristol, London on Sunday.

It’s interesting that both teams have not won the title with the Chiefs best performance was reaching the quarterfinals four years ago. And the Rob Baxter –coached side are bidding to become England’s champion club like Bath, Northampton, Leicester, Wasps and Saracens.

Racing 92 have been runner up twice and will be banking on Naluwai, Naitasiri native Virimi Vakatawa to deliver again after they came from behind to beat defending champions Saracens 19-15 in the semi-final.

Vakatawa has been in outstanding form at centre since 2019 Rugby World Cup for France and his combination with Scotland international Finn Russell will be crucial for the Paris –based club.

 

European Player of the Year

After the Champions Cup final, the European top player for 2020 will be named in which Vakatawa and Radradra are among the five  shortlisted players.  The others are Russell and Exeter Chiefs Stuart Hogg and Sam Simmonds.  The winner of one of the most prized individual accolades in the world game will receive a specially-struck gold medal as well as the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.

Mokoisa, Kadavu native Leone Nakarawa won the award in 2018.

 

Bledisloe Cup Two

The Trans–Tasman battle for the prized silverware between the Wallabies and the All Blacks will be played at Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday.

After the 16-16 draw in Wellington last week, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is expected to retain new find Filipo Daugunu and Marika Koroibete on the wing. Both scored a try and their input will be crucial if the Wallabies are to score their first win after 34 years.

Lautoka-born Rob Valetini is expected to be named in the match-23.

While both coaches will name their teams tomorrow, the heat is on All Blacks coach Ian Foster to win in Auckland.

While Hoskins Sotutu made his debut off the bench last week, Foster is expected to name the Tavea, Bua native in his match-23.

But it remains to be seen whether he will continue to put Jordie Barrett on the wing in place or Sevu Reece.

Barrett is at his best at fullback and should allow Reece to partner George Bridge on the wing. Playing players out of position can backfire especially against a fired up new generation of Wallabies.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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