Matavesi brothers named in Fiji Rugby World Cup squad


Cornish brothers Josh and Sam Matavesi have been named in the Fiji squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Hooker Sam, who plays his club rugby for Cornish Pirates, is in line to make his World Cup debut, while older brother Josh, who plays in the back line for Newcastle Falcons, will step out for his second major tournament after making two appearances in 2015.

The pair will take part in a 10-day training camp before flying to New Zealand to play their final warm-up match against Tonga on the 31 August.

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Pacific Islands trade deal 'negligible'

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On Thursday, the UK announced that it had signed a deal with the Pacific Islands - namely Fiji and Papua New Guinea - to maintain uninterrupted trade after the UK leaves the EU.

Law firm Gowling WLG is not impressed by this news.

"While gratifying to know that uninterrupted trade will continue, the fact that it is with such minor partners - with the UK's 2017 trade with Fiji amounting to 0.0001% of that, and Papa New Guinea just 0.0003% - makes it negligible to say the least," said Ursula Johnston, head of customs at Gowling WLG.

"'Shifting seats on the Titanic' comes to mind if this is being considered a victory in its own right – surely better to wait for these 'deals' to accumulate before announcing the collective result.

"Piecemeal agreements and insignificance are surely the last things we need now?"

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Meghan and Harry unveil statue of forgotten SAS hero

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have unveiled a statue of a largely unknown SAS war hero who died in battle after holding off hundreds of enemy soldiers for hours.

Harry and Meghan paid tribute to Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian who saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the Battle of Mirbat in Oman in 1972.

The royal couple unveiled the statue at Nadi Airport on Thursday morning.

It follows another statue of Sgt Labalaba unveiled by Prince William at the SAS headquarters in Herefordshire in 2014.

Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba was part of an SAS group at the Battle of Mirbat in Oman in 1972