Naiyaravoro puts his hand up for the World Cup

Fijian-born winger Taqele Naiyaravoro gave his chances of playing for Australia
at the Rugby World cup a boost by scoring a hat-trick of tries in a World XV
45-20 win over Japan.

With the Wallabies slumping to a 41-13 defeat to the All Blacks in Auckland,
the 23-year-old Naiyaravoro did his chances of appearing in next month’s showpiece
no harm at all with three of the invitational team’s five tries.

Japan, who are in Pool B at the World Cup alongside two-time champions South
Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States, struck first on Saturday with
a Karne Hesketh try.

Australian fly-half Berrick Barnes kicked four penalties while Naiyaravoro
also scored his first try in the opening period as the World XV opened up a
19-7 lead at the break.

New Zealand scrum-half Andy Ellis scored two more tries in the second period
as the visitors stretched out to 33-13.

Japan stayed in touch with a penalty try but Naiyaravoro then sprinted over
for two late scores to complete his hat-trick.

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