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Nakarawa’s World Cup Aim On Track

Veteran lock Leone Na­karawa’s mission to win a spot in next year’s Fly­ing Fijians squad for the Rugby World Cup is on track after a winning debut for Castres in the French Top 14 competition last Saturday.
13 Sep 2022 17:00
Nakarawa’s World Cup Aim On Track
Castres rugby forwards (from left) Josua Raisuqe and Leone Nakarawa meet their fans at Stade Pierre- Fabre in Castres, France, on September 10, 2022. Photo: Castres

Veteran lock Leone Na­karawa’s mission to win a spot in next year’s Fly­ing Fijians squad for the Rugby World Cup is on track after a winning debut for Castres in the French Top 14 competition last Saturday.

Nakarawa started at lock with Vilimoni Botitu, Adrea Cocagi and Filipo Nakosi among the backs in their 30-20 win over Stade Francais.

The centre partnership of Bo­titu and Cocagi did wonders as they scored a try each with Na­kosi assisting.

Flanker Josua Raisuqe came in as a substitute and played well along with Stade Francais wing turned centre Sefa Naivalu.

Newly promoted, Bayonne, cre­ated the upset of the weekend when they beat Racing 31-25.

Still reeling from the shock re­tirement of Virimi Vakatawa, Racing struggled to keep up with Bayonne.

Impressive for Bayonne was another Fijian centre partner­ship of Eneriko Buliruarua at second five eight and Sireli Maqala at centre.

Flying Fijians No.8 Kitione Kamikamica started for Racing along with rookie Inia Tabua­vou at centre while Ben Volavola came in as a replacement.

In a scrappy affair Brive es­caped with a 17-6 win over USA Perpignan.

Lanky Flying Fijian lock Tevi­ta Ratuva copped a yellow card in the 65th minute while full­back Seta Tuicuvu was moved to wing.

Former Fijian Bati rugby league back Brayden Wiliame was at centre for Perpignan while Alivereti Duguivalu was on the wing.

Fijian born- France winger Alivereti Raka scored two tries for Clermont on their way to a 33-24 win over Pau who had vet­eran Jale Vatubua at second five eight.

La Rochelle without veteran utility player Levani Botia edged Lyon 23-21 in a thriller.

Lyon fielded Flying Fijian lock Temo Mayanavanua and Noa Nakaitaci on the wing.

Gallagher Premiership

Burly Flying Fijian No.8 Albert Tuisue came off the bench to make his debut for Gloucester as they beat Wasps 27-21 while hooker Sam Matavesi’s North­ampton Saints suffered a 29-22 loss to Sale Sharks.

Also making his debut for Lon­don Irish was veteran lock Api Ratuniyarawa as they romped to a 45-14 win over Worcester.

Former Flying fullback Kini Murimurivalu and elusive sec­ond five eight Phil Cokanasiga played for Leicester Tigers in their 24-20 loss to Exter Chiefs.

Centre George Wacokecoke came in as a sub for Newcastle Falcons but they also went down 40-31 to Harlequins.

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