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Fijian centre Josua Tuisova. Image: Instagram / Rugby

RUGBY WORLD CUP | Live scoring: Fiji v Portugal

Keep track of the Rugby World Cup live scoring as Fiji look to book their place in the quarter-finals as they tackle Portugal on Sunday.

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Fijian centre Josua Tuisova. Image: Instagram / Rugby

Here it is. The 40th and final match of the pool phase at Rugby World Cup 2023. 

Fiji have been one of the standout teams of the tournament, following up a so-near, so-far defeat to Wales with victories over Australia and Georgia to stand one point from quarter-final qualification before kick-off in Toulouse.

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Head coach Simon Raiwalui has brought in Top 14 star Vilimoni Botitu as one of six changes to the starting line-up from their last game against Georgia, while second-row Temo Manyanavanua will make his first Rugby World Cup start after three appearances off the bench, and Sireli Maqala earns his first start after just five minutes game time so far.

Patrice Lagisquet’s Portugal, however, will want to sign off from an encouraging tournament with a statement victory, as it is likely to be the final game for a number of those involved.

Tomás Appleton drops to the bench, with José Lima taking his place as captain and inside-centre in one of five changes to the starting XV from their last game against Australia. Manuel Cardoso Pinto starts at full-back for the first time since February 2022 against Romania, and Steevy Cerqueira partners José Madeira in the second row for the second time in France.

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FIXTURE: Fiji v Portugal

GROUND: Stadium de Toulouse (33,103)

KICK-OFF: 21:00 local time (GMT+2)

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FIJI Sireli Maqala; Selesitino Ravutaumada, Waisea Nayacalevu (captain), Josua Tuisova, Vinaya Habosi; Vilimoni Botitu, Frank Lomani; Eroni Mawi, Samuel Matavesi, Luke Tagi; Isoa Nasilasila, Temo Mayanavanua; Meli Derenalagi, Levani Botia, Viliame Mata 

Replacements: 16 Tevita Ikanivere, Peni Ravai, Mesake Doge, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Albert Tuisue, Peni Matawalu, Teti Tela, Iosefo Masi 

PORTUGAL Manuel Cardoso Pinto; Raffaele Storti, Pedro Bettencourt, José Lima (captain), Rodrigo Marta; Jerónimo Portela, Samuel Marques; Francisco Fernandes, Mike Tadjer, Diogo Hasse Ferreira; José Madeira, Steevy Cerqueira; David Wallis, Nicolas Martins, Rafael Simões

Replacements: David Costa, Duarte Diniz, Anthony Alves, Duarte Torgal, João Granate, João Belo, Tomás Appleton, Vincent Pinto

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