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RWC Diary Day 29 - Team of the week Underline 27 September, 2011
Sunia Koto and Joji Rinakama with Mount Maunganui in the background.
Army and Suva lock Leone Nakarawa goes from strength to strength in this Rugby World Cup (RWC) after picking up a contract with the Saracens Rugby Club he’s also just been voted into this week’s team of the week by the New Zealand Herald. 

Hailing from the island of Kadavu, with maternal links within the province of Ra, Nakarawa has proven to be one of the outstanding locks of this RWC and his selection into the RWC team of the week only underlying his potential. At 24 years of age Leone’s best years are no doubt still ahead of him. 

But while Saracens may have just earned themselves a star buy it’s another Saracens player who’s desperate to get his first game in the RWC this Sunday. Winger Michael Tagicakibau must have narrowly missed selection last Sunday against Samoa (and the opportunity to play against his brother) and now he’s itching to get a run on spot this Sunday against Wales. 

“Yeah definitely would have been an honour and a privilege to play last week against my brother but it was not to be,” Tagicakibau said. 

“Looking forward now to this game against Wales it’s still a big and important game for us as a team and for me it’s a last chance to get a run out in this World Cup and I’ll be pushing this week and hopefully get a chance to get on this week.” 

Tagicakibau candidly admits in his last game for Fiji - last month versus Tonga in the Punjas Series - he had problems with confidence after returning from a lengthy spell away from the game due to a shoulder injury. 

“That game against Tonga was a pretty shocking game for me personally, it was my first game in five months, it didn’t go very well and dented my confidence a little bit and it took me a while to get over that mentally.” 

The Lasakau Villager though believes he’s now more than ready to meet the challenge of Wales should he be selected. 

“Well I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to get up there in this World Cup, this week is probably the biggest week for me, it’ll be good for me I’d like to go out there and have a good game against Wales.” 

This morning the Flying Fijians held a recovery session at the pool and then had lunch on a boat on Tauranga Harbour. This gave the players time to regroup and reconnect with each other as a team. 

Tomorrow training starts in earnest with a gym session in the morning and then field work in the afternoon. 

Until tomorrow, moce mada. 

View the full interview with Michael Tagicakibau.

View the Flying Fijians RWC 2011 photo gallery.

View video highlights of the Flying Fijians in New Zealand.

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Other September 2011 News Underline
RWC Diary Day 32 - New captain 30 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 31 - Changes 29 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 30 - Mosese Rauluni 28 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 29 - Team of the week 27 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 28 - Netani 26 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 27 - A second loss 25 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 26 - Alfred Uluinayau 24 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 25 - Eden Park 23 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 24 - Fish bowl 22 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 23 - Adriaan 21 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 22 - Double whammy 20 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 21 - Support 19 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 20 - Tamaki of 100 lovers 18 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 19 - Boks too good 17 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 18 - Captain's Run 16 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 17 - Fiji team named 15 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 16 - Local support 14 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 15 - Boks media 13 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 14 - Boks 12 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 13 - Wellington 11 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 12 - Namibia 10 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 11 - Nicky Little 09 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 10 - Fiji named 08 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 9 - Paul Feeney 07 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 8 - Tauranga Marae 06 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 7 - Tauranga 05 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 6 - Fathers' Day 04 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 4 - Ohope Beach School 03 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 5 - Littlejohn and Tietjens 03 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 3 - Rest day 02 September, 2011 
RWC Diary Day 2 - Injured wingers 01 September, 2011 
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