Emotional Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara was brimming with pride after his side stunned Fiji at the Rugby World Cup.

Santiago Arata, Manuel Diana and Juan Manuel Cat crossed for first-half tries and Felipe Berchesi kicked 15 points in a thrilling 30-27 victory in Kamaishi.

Fiji had won their previous three Tests against Uruguay by an average of 36 points but Gaminara and his team-mates would not be denied.

"I'm really proud of my country, we're not the biggest, we're not the tallest, but we came here to win," he said, while seemingly on the brink of tears.

"We are preparing this for four years, so I'm really proud of my country.

"We never had anything granted, we always have to qualify first and then come to the World Cup. Since we qualified we've been thinking about this game and you saw the passion. I am really proud."

Fiji coach John McKee questioned his side's mental toughness.

"Credit to Uruguay, the way they played this afternoon and the attitude they brought to the game, they got a great result," he said.

"For us, we were off the pace in the game, made critical errors, gifted them tries and we just didn't have the mental toughness to get back into the game.

"At half-time we thought we'd made some errors, they'd scored three tries off our errors basically, but we had been playing well.

"We were focusing on keeping the ball, not turning the ball over. In the first half we turned the ball over on the edges too often, we really believed we could fight our way back into the game.

"We've got to get ourselves off the floor now. We're playing Georgia in eight days' time and it's a massively important game for us."

Georgia are also up next for Uruguay in Pool D on Sunday, with Fiji then taking on the eastern European side on October 3.

Uruguay caused a huge upset by stunning Fiji 30-27 at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

The South Americans claimed just their third win in tournament history by shocking Fiji in the Pool D clash in Kamaishi.

Uruguay crossed for three first-half tries as they punished an error-riddled display by Fiji, while they got 15 points from the boot of Felipe Berchesi.

Fiji had won their previous three Tests against Uruguay by an average of 36 points but fell to an unlikely defeat on this occasion.

A much-changed Fiji needed just seven minutes to take the lead, Mesu Dolokoto touching down in the corner after a line-out, brilliant play from Alivereti Veitokani having put his side in a good position.

However, Uruguay hit back through Santiago Arata, who easily stepped through some soft Fijian defending to score under the posts after a German Kessler pass.

Eroni Mawi crashed over to restore Fiji's lead, only for Manuel Diana to respond once more for Uruguay, who led 14-12 after 22 minutes.

Fiji were being punished for their mistakes and another allowed the South Americans to stunningly stretch their lead.

A high kick from Arata was allowed to bounce, Uruguay spreading the ball to the left before Rodrigo Silva threw a pass inside for Juan Manuel Cat to score.

Fiji piled on the pressure to begin the second half and they were rewarded when Api Ratuniyarawa went over.

Both teams encountered goal-kicking woes before Berchesi extended Uruguay's lead to 27-17 with 20 minutes to go.

A dummy from Nikola Matawalu allowed him to dive over from a metre out and bring Fiji back to within five, but a Berchesi penalty pushed Uruguay clear as they held on despite the scrum-half scoring again.

 

Fiji made to pay for mistakes

Fiji were far too loose in the first half and Uruguay made them pay on every occasion, opening up a 24-12 lead at the break. They played with less risk to begin the second half, only for the errors to resume as they got desperate.

Famous win for Uruguay

Ranked 19th in the world, this was Uruguay's first win at the Rugby World Cup since 2003. In 2015, they scored just 30 points and conceded 226, showing just how much progress they have made in four years.

What's next?

Both teams' next games are against Georgia. Uruguay face Georgia on Sunday, while Fiji's next outing is on October 3.

South Africa have made 13 changes to their starting side to face Namibia at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

The Springboks suffered a 23-13 loss to the All Blacks in their Pool B opener, but are expected to kick-start their campaign with a big win over Namibia.

They have opted to rotate their team, with only wing Makazole Mapimpi and centre Lukhanyo Am making back-to-back starts.

Schalk Brits is starting at number eight and will captain the Springboks, with Siya Kolisi to begin the encounter on the bench.

Usually a hooker, it marks a change in role for Brits, the 38-year-old who has made 13 Test appearances for South Africa.

Thomas Du Toit, called into the squad as a replacement for the injured Trevor Nyakane, is into the matchday 23, taking a spot on the bench.

 

South Africa: Warrick Gelant, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Frans Steyn, Makazole Mapimpi, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies; Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Lood De Jager, Francois Louw, Kwagga Smith, Schalk Brits.

Replacements: Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Franco Mostert, Cobus Reinach, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe.

Israel Folau's desire to return to rugby league via Tonga has been backed by Siliva Havili as the controversial former Wallabies star awaits his fate.

Folau – who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) for homophobic posts on social media in April – plans to make a rugby league comeback for Tonga in Tests against Great Britain and Australia.

A former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos star in the NRL, Folau in July opened court proceedings against his former employer after his contract was terminated for expressing views which breached the team's code of conduct on his official channels.

Folau and the Tonga National Rugby League announced his selection in the squad for the upcoming games on October 26 and November 2, however, the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) denied the 30-year-old has been approved to represent the 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-finalists.

Asked about Folau – who last played rugby league in 2010 before switching to rugby union in 2013 following a spell in Australian rules football – with the RLIF expected to discuss the matter on Thursday, Tonga veteran Havili said: "Hundred per cent. I would love to see him play. It's good for the international game and it's good for our little nation.

"He is a superstar in his own right, in both codes he was. Having that sort of player in our team makes us a big threat.

"It's exciting what we can display. Not only for us, but for nations like Samoa and Fiji if they can have players come to them, it's going to be exciting for international rugby league."

Italy's strength in depth will be tested when they face Canada in the Rugby World Cup on Thursday, as the Azzurri look to start the tournament with back-to-back wins.

The Azzurri won their Pool B opener against Namibia 47-22 on Sunday. Despite Italy winning their first game at a tournament for the first time since 1991, Conor O'Shea was far from satisfied with the performance his side produced.

Only five players who started that match remain in the XV to face Canada, whose victory against Tonga in 2011 is their only win in the last three World Cup campaigns.

Skipper Sergio Parisse is among those rested, with lock Dean Budd captaining the team in his stead. Italy's other lock, David Sisi, is set to become the first German-born player to feature at a World Cup.

"Dean has twice captained the team," O'Shea said.

"Sergio wanted to play and that is the same for all the players. Two matches in four days meant we had to use all our squad. He would be ready to play and was magnificent for us against Namibia but I want him at 100 per cent for every match.

"I have confidence in all our players and all our players are worth a place in the team. This is the best team for the match."

Canada's preparations for their opening game of the competition have been hit by the news of lower body injuries to wing Taylor Paris and flanker Evan Olmstead.

They will both miss the clash in Fukuoka, but head coach Kingsley Jones is hopeful they will not be on the sideline for long.

"Nothing that's going to keep them out long term but they're not quite ready for this one," he said. "Overall we're pleased with the combinations we have."

Little will be expected of Canada in a match Italy likely must win to have any hope of progressing ahead of South Africa, though history suggests this will be a tight encounter, with the Azzurri having won the previous two World Cup meetings between the sides by a margin of just five points.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Italy - Jake Polledri

Polledri earns a starting berth in the back row after an outstanding performance against Namibia. Despite coming off the bench, only four players gained more metres than his 45. He beat more defenders than anyone else (6) and also scored a try.

Canada - DTH van der Merwe 

Experienced wing Van der Merwe scored a try in each of Canada's four pool stage matches in 2015. Should he cross against Italy, he will join Jonah Lomu and Alan Whetton as just the third player to score a try in five consecutive World Cup matches.


KEY OPTA FACTS

- Canada won two of their first three Tests against Italy from 1983 to 2000; however, they have gone on to lose all six of their encounters since, of which four have been decided by single-figure margins. 

- Italy have won 11 of their previous 13 Rugby World Cup matches against Tier 2 opposition (L2) including their last nine on the bounce; they have not lost such a fixture since going down by three points against Tonga in the 1999 edition (28-25)

- Canada come into this competition on the back of a five-game losing streak in Test rugby; the last time they endured a longer streak of defeats was a seven-game stretch from November 2014 to August 2015. 

- Only England's Owen Farrell has scored more points (106 – 1 try, 28 conversions, 15 penalties) than Italy's Tommaso Alan (66 – 3 tries, 15 con, 7 pen) amongst Tier 1 players in 2019.

Japan will aim to make life "uncomfortable" for star Ireland pair Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray in their Rugby World Cup clash, according to scrum-half Yutaka Nagare.

World Cup hosts Japan face Ireland in their second fixture on Saturday, aiming to follow up the country's opening victory against Russia with a huge upset.

Joe Schmidt's Ireland boast two talented kickers in Sexton – the World Rugby Player of the Year – and Murray, leading Nagare to acknowledge the importance of stopping the pair.

Scotland had spoken of a desire to "smash" Sexton in their opener but failed in that respect, while Murray excelled when his team-mate started to struggle with a thigh problem.

Nagare said: "The nine [Murray] and 10 [Sexton] are key players. If we let those two players play comfortably, they will really come into the game and dominate.

"So it's important we pressure them at source every opportunity we get, and apply that pressure for the whole 80 minutes - especially apply immense pressure early on, so that they feel really uncomfortable from the start."

Japan struggled when receiving kicks against Russia, too, with the Bears' shock opening try coming courtesy of a William Tupou fumble from a dropping ball.

Full-back Ryohei Yamanaka revealed the Brave Blossoms have been working to simulate the scenarios they will face in the Group A fixture in Fukuroi.

"There are different situations in the kicking game - could be a box kick, high ball from 10 - so we're simulating those different scenarios," he said.

"We always focus on protecting [the receiver] but we just needed more focus on that, so it's all about escorting.

"They kick a lot, so I must catch, be secure and keep possession. And it's also all about playing our game."

Stand-in captain George Ford is raring to go against the United States as England have to quickly put a gruelling Rugby World Cup opener behind them.

England were far too strong for Tonga last time out, winning 35-3, but coach Eddie Jones acknowledged there was room for improvement after a tough battle.

The 2003 champions are swiftly back on the field, though, with a clash with USA up next on Thursday. Jones has decided to rotate his squad, making 10 changes.

Ford will lead the side, stepping in for regular skipper Owen Farrell, and the fly-half is happy for the short turnaround following Sunday's fixture, believing England will put in an improved display.

"We're feeling good," he said. "We have managed to get some good recovery done in the last couple of days.

"I think it's a positive that we're out there again on Thursday. The team and the squad can't wait to get that out there and hopefully better our performance from Sunday."

Another of the beneficiaries from the much-changed side is former sevens star Ruaridh McConnochie.

McConnochie was uncapped when he was named in England's World Cup squad and has played just once since, in a pre-tournament fixture with Italy.

He will now get the chance to make his World Cup debut as he comes up against another former sevens star in USA's Martin Iosefo.

McConnochie said: "You couldn't make it up. I have known Martin for the last three years and we were both travelling reserves at the Olympics and both ended up playing

"It is quite a cool story that we now end up playing against each other at the World Cup."


PLAYERS TO WATCH

England - Manu Tuilagi

The star of England's opening match having missed the tournament four years ago, Tuilagi has kept his place for this clash. The centre is in top form and will be key to another victory.

United States - AJ MacGinty

MacGinty is among the Irish-born contingent in the USA squad and, playing his club rugby for Sale Sharks, will know his opponents only too well. 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- England and the United States have met five times before, with England winning on each occasion. Three of those clashes have come in Rugby World Cup fixtures in 1987, 1991 and 2007.
- England have won all 17 of their World Cup matches against non-Tier 1 opposition, with those wins coming by an average margin of 41 points.
- The States have won just three of 25 previous Rugby World Cup matches. Their victories came against Japan (1987, 2003) and Russia (2011).
- But only once in their past 14 Rugby World Cup matches have USA failed to cross for a try - in their 64-0 loss to South Africa in 2015.

 

Vasily Artemyev believes Russia demonstrated they are on the right track after a battling display against Samoa at the Rugby World Cup on Tueday.

Samoa ran out 34-9 winners in the Pool A, contest though they were behind 6-5 at the interval having been reduced to 13 men when Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu'u received yellow cards.

The quality of Steve Jackson's side showed in the second half, however, as they cut loose to run in five tries after the break.

Russia also lost their first match, against tournament hosts Japan, but Artemyev has no doubt Lyn Jones' squad are showing they belong on the biggest stage.

"I want to say that we've come out here with one goal, to get respect, to show how dedicated we are and to show how physical we can be," he said.

"We're on the right route, the right track to achieve those goals. We've come here to show that we can play a physical game and we're proud of our game.

"We're on the right track, unfortunately we didn't use the numerical advantage we had in the first half and the Samoans were clinical in putting away their chances. It's an outstanding experience for all of the boys."

Samoa skipper Chris Vui, meanwhile, reaffirmed his team’s desire to create a legacy in Japan.

"It was a tough game, we knew that Russia was going to come in the first 40, we just had to stick it out there and I was pretty proud of the boys in the second half," Vui said.

"We've got huge belief in our bench, they're the finishers. I think they came on and had an impact so I'm really proud of the boys and how they came back.

"It's never easy playing in the humidity but the boys are embracing it, they love playing here in Japan.

"We're here to create a legacy, we didn't let any tries in so I'm pretty proud of the boys."

Samoa are next in action against Scotland on Monday, while Russia have a break until they face Ireland on October 3.

Samoa put in a much-improved second-half display to dispatch Russia 34-9 in their opening Rugby World Cup match.

Steve Jackson's side struggled to get out of first gear in a frantic first-half at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, but their quality told after the interval - Afaesetiti Amosa and Ed Fidow combining for three tries in the space of eight minutes.

Russia looked to have the upper hand when Rey Le-Lo and Motu Matu'u were sin-binned prior to the break, but the Bears - 30-10 losers to hosts Japan in their opening Pool A fixture - failed to take advantage.

Samoa showed no such profligacy when Kirill Gotovtsev was sent to the sidelines for his desperate foul on Amosa, Fidow's quick double securing the bonus point prior to late tries from Le-Lo and Alapati Leiua.

Fidow looked set to put Samoa ahead in the ninth minute, only to fumble five yards short of Russia's line, but Leiua made no such mistake from Tim Nanai-Williams' excellent pass.

Yury Kushnarev converted two quickfire penalties to nose Lyn Jones' side in front, and Le-Lo was fortunate to escape with a booking for a high tackle on Vasily Artemyev before Samoa were reduced to 13 when Matu'u was cautioned for a challenge from which he came off worse.

But with Russia failing to make their numerical advantage count, Samoa clicked up a gear after the interval and, despite Gotovtsev's efforts, retook the lead thanks to Amoso, who was injured in the process.

Russia pulled back to within one point when Kushnarev kicked a long-range drop-goal, but they would not score again, as Fidow's double put Samoa out of sight.

Le-Lo scrambled over to further compound Russia's misery, with Leiua having the final say when he powered down the right to help himself to a second.
 

Refereeing inconsistencies come to the fore once again

World Rugby issued a statement on Tuesday expressing their disappointment at the standard of refereeing across the opening weekend of the tournament, and the officials were again put into focus in Kumagaya.

Le-Lo got lucky when he was only cautioned for his tackle on Artemyev, who was ducking slightly, before Russia's captain was the recipient of Matu'u's awkward hit moments later. Both challenges could easily have been worthy of red cards.

Samoa's medical staff take no risks

Matu'u appeared to lose consciousness following his collision with Artemyev, though the hooker seemed ready to come back on until the medics intervened, rightly deeming it too much of a risk for the player to continue.

What's next?

There is a six-day turnaround for Samoa, who face Scotland in Kobe in their second fixture, while Russia face Ireland three days later.

World Rugby has criticised the performances of referees in the opening games of the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby union's governing body issued a statement after match officials came under fire during the first round of pool fixtures in Japan.

The most notable incident occurred on Saturday and involved Australia wing Reece Hodge, whose tackle on Peceli Yato left the Fijian concussed and later led to a citing, despite the on-field referee and TMO deeming it legal at the time.

In the tournament's opening game, Japan lock James Moore's no-arm tackle on Russia's Vasily Dorofeev also went unpunished.

A statement from World Rugby said: "Following the usual review of matches, the match officials team recognise that performances over the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2019 were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves, but World Rugby is confident of the highest standards of officiating moving forward.

"Elite match officials are required to make decisions in complex, high-pressure situations and there have been initial challenges with the use of technology and team communication, which have impacted decision-making. These are already being addressed by the team of 23 match officials to enhance consistency. 

"Given this proactive approach, a strong team ethic and a superb support structure, World Rugby has every confidence in the team to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2019 delivers the highest levels of accurate, clear and consistent decision-making."

Eddie Jones joked the best way to keep Billy Vunipola fully fit is to keep him away from Kobe beef after naming the number eight in England's side to face the United States in the Rugby World Cup.

Vunipola started in England's 35-3 victory over Tonga on Sunday and was the recipient of some tough tackling from the islanders, who his father had previously captained in the World Cup.

Jones has made 10 changes to England's side for the USA encounter in Kobe on Thursday, though despite the hits he took against Tonga, Vunipola is one of the five players to retain their place.

However, Jones has no concerns over Vunipola's fitness, as long as he can keep the 26-year-old on the field, rather than risking him tucking into Kobe's famous delicacy.

"He loves playing, the best way to keep him fit is to play him and he's an influential player in our team," Jones told a news conference on Tuesday.

"There's a risk him going out and eating Kobe beef tonight, so we feel it's much better he plays rugby than goes out to eat beef.

"We've got a squad of 31. We've got a plan for each player. Some players need to play a lot of rugby and some players are better every so often.

"We've tried to manage the squad in terms of injuries. We've tried to manage them in terms of what we need for each game to ensure we get the desired result."

Vunipola's older brother Mako is also in the squad, though is yet to feature due to injury, with Jones confirming the Saracens man should be available for the contest against Argentina on October 5.

"Mako is still a little while away, he should be available, as should Jack Nowell, for the Argentina game," Jones added.

"[Henry Slade] got a bit of a knock on his knee and we decided not to risk him, we want him right for the next game."

Despite flashes of excellence, mainly from Manu Tuilagi, England struggled to hit their highest level against Tonga, and Jones is confident his side will click up another gear against the USA.

"We're ready for the next step. Looking forward to the USA, they'll be a different proposition, they've had two weeks to prepare for the game," he said.

"We know they've been down in Okinawa training with the marines and they'll be ready for the battle.

"Our aim now is to be a bit tidier in attack, we'd like to execute a little bit better. There was a lot of effort in our game on Sunday but not the execution so we're looking to execute better in attack and be a bit more physical in defence."

Scotland have called up Henry Pyrgos in place of injured scrum-half Ali Price, who will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup.

Price sustained a foot injury in Scotland's defeat to Ireland in Yokohama on Sunday, undergoing scans in Kobe a day later.

Those scans have confirmed the Glasgow Warriors man will play no further part in the tournament, with Scotland calling on Pyrgos, who will be available to face Samoa on Monday.

The 30-year-old has won 27 caps, though the last of those came against Australia in 2017.

Price's unavailability follows on from confirmation that Hamish Watson - who suffered a knee injury against Ireland - will also miss the remainder of Scotland's campaign.

"We're disappointed for Ali [Price] to have to return home so early in the tournament," Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said.

"Both Ali and Hamish [Watson] had invested a lot of effort into being in their best physical shape for the World Cup and it's a shame they've only been involved in one game.

"However, we have a lot of belief in our wider group and the two new players [Magnus Bradbury and Pyrgos] who have been given this opportunity."

Cory Hill has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup after he failed to overcome a stress fracture of his fibula, Wales have announced.

Wales had just two fit locks available for their opening Pool D win over Georgia on Monday, as Warren Gatland gave Hill every chance to recover from an injury which has kept him out since February.

However, Gatland told reporters following the 43-14 victory in Toyota City that it was a possibility Hill would return to the UK, and that has now been confirmed.

A statement from the Welsh Rugby Union said Hill had been "unable to recover significantly" from his injury.

The 27-year-old has been replaced in Wales' squad by Bradley Davies.

Ospreys forward Davies, who has 65 caps and appeared at two previous World Cups, is due to arrive in Japan in Wednesday ahead of the meeting with fellow heavyweights Australia.

Gatland also has an injury concern over centre Hadleigh Parkes, who sustained a "bone fracture" in his hand in the clash with Georgia.

In better news for Wales, fly-half Dan Biggar insisted he was fine despite wearing strapping on his left arm throughout the match.

Eddie Jones has made 10 changes to his England side to face the United States in the Rugby World Cup.

England ran out 35-3 winners in their opening Pool C match against Tonga - Manu Tuilagi starring with two tries before Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie secured a bonus point after the interval.

However, only five players who started in that fixture in Sapporo will take to the field from the off against the USA on Thursday as coach Jones looks to rotate his squad given the short turnaround.

George Ford will captain England, with Dan Cole, who will join Jonny Wilkinson as the third most-capped England player, and Cowan-Dickie coming into the front row alongside Joe Marler, who keeps his spot.

Ben Youngs will match Cole and Wilkinson on 91 caps should he make an appearance from the bench.

After his efforts on Sunday, Tuilagi has been handed a rest. Elliot Daly, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola - who was the target of some heavy hitting from Tonga - retain their places.

"The four-day turnaround is something we experimented with against Japan last autumn and so the players have had some experience of it," Jones said.

"You have to make sure the two days before the game are exactly the same as you would normally have for any other game.

"So for us, a short and fast run tomorrow and today is an active recovery day. What I see now is players handling it really well but the game on Thursday will be the litmus test."

England: Elliot Daly, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga, George Ford, Willi Heinz; Joe Marler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson.

Fiji have made 12 changes to their line-up for Wednesday's Rugby World Cup clash with Uruguay in Kamaishi.

Following a 39-21 defeat to Australia in Sapporo, Fiji head coach John McKee has made wholesale changes to his side, with only captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Leone Nakarawa and Semi Radradra keeping their places.

Eroni Mawi, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Ratuva and Mosese Voka – playing at his first World Cup – move into the XV after starting on the bench against Australia, with Mesulame Dolokoto and Api Ratuniyarawa in line for their first appearances at the 2019 finals.

Viliame Mata and Peceli Yato are out with respective calf and concussion concerns, giving Voka a chance to impress as a flanker, while Vereniki Goneva, Alivereti Veitokani, Henry Seniloli, Josh Matavesi, Jale Vatubua and Filipo Nakosi all come in.

With Wales having dispatched Georgia in Pool D on Monday, the Uruguay showdown could prove key to Fiji's hopes of reigniting their push for the knockout phase, and McKee is not prepared to underestimate a side they beat 68-7 10 months ago.

"We are very wary of the Uruguay team," he said. "This is their first Rugby World Cup 2019 match and we expect a much-improved team from the one we faced in November."

Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has kept faith with much of the side that secured a spot in Japan against Canada last February, with nine players from that 32-31 play-off second-leg win involved.

Captain Juan Manuel Gaminara is one of eight players who were in the 23 for the 47-15 defeat to Fiji at the World Cup four years ago.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Fiji - Ben Volavola

Fly-half Volavola was successful with four of five attempts with the boot against Australia and scored 23 of their 68 points in the rout of Uruguay last year.

Uruguay - Andres Vilaseca

Vilaseca was the only player at the 2019 Nations Cup to score multiple tries (two) and provide multiple assists (two), while he also managed a tournament-high nine clean breaks.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- Fiji have won each of their three previous Test meetings with Uruguay by an average margin of 36 points per game, including the 68-7 triumph when they last clashed in November 2018.
- Fiji have won eight of their last nine Rugby World Cup matches against Tier 2 opposition (L1), scoring an average of 41 points per game in those victories.
- Uruguay have won seven of their 10 Tests since their last meeting with Fiji (L3); however, they will be out to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since February 2017.
- Fiji have scored at least one try in 55 of their last 56 Test matches, including their last 21 in a row, failing only to cross the try line against Georgia in June 2016.
- Despite coming on as a replacement for Fiji in their opening game against Australia, Mosese Voka made 18 tackles – the most ever by a Fiji player in a Rugby World Cup game, surpassing Akapusi Qera's tally of 17 against Canada in 2007.

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