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Fiji fired up for send off

Fiji captain Deacon Manu is determined the South Sea Islanders' World Cup campaign will not end on a low note against Wales this weekend.

Fiji, Wales' World Cup conquerors in France four years ago, have little chance of reaching the quarter-finals. They would need Samoa not to collect a point against world champions South Africa on Friday - then smash Wales by a 60-point margin - which firmly suggests Fiji's World Cup race is run.

But Scarlets prop Manu said: "In the end, you are still representing Fiji. You get to represent your family, yourself and your country. There is no issue with motivation. There will be some new players (on Sunday), and they will bring some energy into the squad."

Fiji will arrive in Hamilton following successive defeats against South Africa and Samoa - they scored just 10 points over the two games and conceded 76 - and Manu admitted: "It has been disappointing. We've played well in phases.

"You see that with a lot of smaller teams when they play the big teams. They stick with them for the first 60 minutes, but fade out in the last 20 minutes.

"We set high standards for ourselves, especially after the last World Cup, so we wanted to emulate that. But we haven't been able to do it."

Fiji, though, have a good recent record against Wales, following up their 2007 win in Nantes by drawing 16-16 at the Millennium Stadium 10 months ago.

"We love playing Wales," Manu said. "The second-last time we beat them, and last time we drew with them at their home ground. We are well aware of that.

"They won't take us lightly now, so we've got to be prepared for a challenge and make sure we finish on a high."

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