Look out for Alivereti Veitokani off the bench, too. The fly-half has won huge plaudits for his performances for Fijian Drua in their National Rugby Championship triumph.What have the coaches said?Scotland coach Gregor Townsend: “They pose huge threats off turnover ball, utilising some of the best individual players, one-on-one, in the world.“We have to be physical and accurate, play to our strengths and put them under pressure in areas they don’t want to go into, to make sure the game is open for us but not for them.”Fiji coach John McKee: “We approach every Test match with the belief that we can win. We have had success over Scotland at home but it’s important for us to nail some results against Tier One teams away from home.”Related: The opportunities and the obstacles for Pacific Islands rugbyLast meeting: Fiji beat Scotland in Suva in June 2017 (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?Fiji have beaten Scotland twice in seven Tests, including their most recent meeting in 2017 (27-22), but both those victories came in Suva.Exeter lock Sam Skinner will make his Test debut for Scotland, starting in the second row alongside Grant Gilchrist, and Setareki Tuicuvu earns his first cap for Fiji at full-back.Scotland’s starting XV contains 110 more caps than Fiji – 446 to 336 – but Fiji’s pack is more experienced. Fiji’s eight have 221 caps compared to Scotland’s 141.In their last five Tests, Scotland have scored 22 tries and Fiji have scored 25, so expect plenty of attacking rugby in Edinburgh!What time does it kick off and is it on TV?Saturday 10 November, Scotland v Fiji, BT MurrayfieldThe action in Edinburgh kicks off at 2.30pm and the Test is being broadcast live on BBC One.Who’s the referee?Ireland’s Andrew Brace has the whistle at Murrayfield, with an English double act as his assistants in Luke Pearce and Karl Dickson. Kiwi Ben Skeen is the TMO.What are the line-ups?Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Alex Dunbar, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Wilson, Jamie Ritchie, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: Stuart McInally, Alex Allan, Simon Berghan, Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.Fiji: Setareki Tuicuvu; Metui Talebula, Semi Radradra, Jale Vatabua, Vereniki Goneva; Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani; Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (captain), Peceli Yato, Viliame Mata. TAGS: Fiji Autumn Internationals Scotland v Fiji PreviewScotland coach Gregor Townsend has described Fiji as “the Brazil of rugby” in the lead-up to Saturday’s game at BT Murrayfield and he knows only too well the attacking threats the islanders possess having seen his side lose 27-22 in Suva in 2017.Townsend wants his team to play an all-court attacking game but he will be wary of things becoming too loose this weekend because that will play into the hands of the Fijians, who love to launch counter-attacks and take advantage of badly organised defences.Scotland’s defensive flaws were exposed by Wales last weekend and Fiji have the players to exploit any sign of a gap.Pete Horne, who starts in Scotland’s midfield on Saturday, is well aware of the talent at Fiji’s disposal: “It’s going to be a hell of a game. They beat us the last time and they’ve got an incredible team. They’ve got so many good players that if they can click on the day they can be a match for anyone. It will be a huge challenge but very exciting.Losing cause: Pete Horne tries to find space against Wales last weekend (Getty Images)“Peceli Yato, the back-row from Clermont, is awesome. Leone Nakarawa is certainly the best player I’ve ever played with; I’d probably say he’s the best player in the world. He’s incredible. It’s exciting to have these guys coming to Scotland to play.”Horne has fond memories of touring Fiji in June 2017, saying: “I have a lot of time for Fiji. When we went out to schools, the reception you got from people was incredible. It’s just such a brilliant place.“I was blown over by how friendly the people are, how amazing the whole country was.”Horne and his team-mates will just be hoping they are not blown away by the skill of Fiji’s rugby players on Saturday afternoon.Best in the world? Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa on the attack for Racing 92 (Getty Images)What’s the big team news?Gregor Townsend has made a significant nine changes to the starting team that lost to Wales last week, including bringing in Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw at half-back. The France-based duo were unable to play last week as the Test fell outside the official international window. Laidlaw will captain the side on Saturday.Elsewhere in the backs, Stuart Hogg returns from an ankle injury to start at full-back, Sean Maitland comes in at wing and Pete Horne has been promoted from the bench to start at inside-centre, with Huw Jones dropping out of the 23.Up front, Fraser Brown starts at hooker with Stuart McInally moving to the bench, there is a new second-row combination in Grant Gilchrist and Sam Skinner, while Matt Fagerson will wear the No 8 shirt.Fiji haven’t played since losing to Tonga in June and compared to that side, there are six personnel changes as well as two positional ones.Related: Rivalry and friendship on show as Tonga beat FijiVereniki Goneva moves back to his familiar position of wing from centre while Viliame Mata, who has been so impressive for Edinburgh, moves from the second row to No 8.Star performer: Viliame Mata has impressed for Edinburgh (Getty Images)Semi Radradra comes in at 13 with the other changes in the backs being Setareki Tuicuvu at full-back and Metui Talebula on the wing. The half-back pairing of Ben Volavola and Frank Lomani is retained, with the former going head-to-head with his Racing 92 team-mate Russell.Up front, Sam Matavesi starts at hooker – his first Test since 2013, Tevita Cavubati is at lock and the dangerous Clermont flanker Peceli Yato is at openside. Double act: Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw team up at half-back (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It could be all-out attack as Scotland take on Fiji at Murrayfield this weekend – here are all the details you need Replacements: Mesulame Dolokoto, Eroni Mawi, Kalivate Tawake, Albert Tuisue, Semi Kunatani, Henry Seniloli, Alivereti Veitokani, Eroni Vasiteri.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Michael and Carlene Duffy with their two children in Dolly, the vintage caravan they have renovated. Pic supplied.HER name is Dolly, and as far as caravans go, she’s a beauty.Former ‘The Block’ contestants Michael and Carlene Duffy have extended their love of home renovating to vintage caravans.The Gold Coast-based renovators and designers have now worked on four caravans and recently sold one of their projects, ‘Bumblebee’, prior to auction for $24,000.RELATED: Art deco beauty revealed by renoBEFORE: The bunk beds in Dolly the vintage caravan before the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: The bunk beds after the renovation. Pic supplied.The husband and wife team were contestants on the Melbourne series of ‘The Block Glasshouse’ in 2014, and while they were unsuccessful, their career has blossomed since.The couple have garnered a following through their niche of renovating vintage caravans and will be holding a one-off workshop in Brisbane later this month on the topic.“The workshop is super niche because a lot of people are renovating homes, but not everyone is renovating a caravan,” Mrs Duffy said.And while they might look easy to renovate — she said they are definitely not.“They’re so laborious,” Mrs Duffy said.“There’s just a lot of fiddly work involved.”BEFORE: Inside Dolly the vintage caravan before it was renovated. Pic supplied.AFTER: Dolly is barely recognisable after the renovation. Pic supplied.Dolly was particularly challenging to renovate because the van was larger than most caravans at 6.7 metres long.Being professional renovators, they did most of the work themselves, apart from painting the exterior, the panelwork and the electrical work.Mrs Duffy said one of the tips for renovating a caravan was to use lightweight materials, such as laminate benchtops and adhesive tiles.And to create more space, make smart choices when designing the layout, such as making the van functional and creating plenty of storage.“The bed and bench seats and bunks all open up for storage,” Mrs Duffy said.BEFORE: The kitchen nook during the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: The kitchen nook after the renovation. Pic supplied.MORE: Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformationThe Duffys source their caravan projects from Gumtree.“I think there is a bit of a movement happening — there are more of them on the market,” Mrs Duffy said.“A lot are just sitting in people’s homes or neglected in caravan parks.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Pic supplied.Mrs Duffy said Dolly took around a year to renovate because it was larger than most caravans and they decided to change the layout inside, which mean gutting most of it.“It depends on how much you can do yourself as to how much work is involved,” she said.“You can buy a shell that needs a lot of work, or something that only needs superficial resurfacing.”BEFORE: Dolly the vintage caravan before the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: Dolly after it was renovated. Pic supplied.When it comes to styling the inside of the caravan, Mrs Duffy said she leans toward pastel colours.“Because the caravan signifies holidays for us, it’s about creating a holiday sort of feel,” she said.“I don’t work with pastel usually with a house, but always with the vans.”Mrs Duffy said she aimed to create a “sweet, retro, beachside vibe”.AFTER: The main bedroom after the renovation. Pic supplied.The Duffys will be showcasing Dolly when they deliver a series of ‘How to renovate a Vintage Caravan’ workshops at the new Reno Home Show on July 20 and 21.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 1 yearTotal spend: $10,000
THE successful 15-member team that represented Guyana at the 16th North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) and 32nd South American Powerlifting Federation (FESUPO) Championships held in Florida recently, was presented with medals of achievement by the National Sports Commission (NSC).The simple ceremony was attended by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, the powerlifters and members of the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF).The athletes were bestowed with the NSC’s highest award, its Medal of Achievement, given to sportspersons who have represented Guyana exceptionally well at an international level.The endeavours of the lifters to garner 33 medals, inclusive of 19 gold and to break a number of records in the process did not go unnoticed by the NSC and the Director of Sport.President of the GAPF, Ed Caesar stressed the progress of the federation in developing the sport in Guyana. Additionally, General Secretary Andrea Smith highlighted that the federation is striving to participate in the upcoming Commonwealth Championships, as well as the next Olympics.Members of the federation also used the forum to address several of the issues encountered by the federation. At the fore of these issues was the lack of funding for the athletes to participate in competitions outside of Guyana, added to the lack of local support.Though extremely grateful for the support received from all corners, they related that the federation does need much more.Nevertheless, Jones reassured that the commission is cognizant of the difficulties faced and will be seeking to address these. He also acknowledged the will of the federation whereby members engaged in fundraising activities to support the athletes and sought the help of corporate entities.Speaking to the Chronicle Sport, Jones related that since these sportspersons have demonstrated their ability to medal at an international level, the NSC now has the requisite impetus to foster the development of the sport in Guyana.According to him, “The Sports commission will now be looking into its 2018 agenda to ensure that powerlifting and the enhancing of the sport through the facilities and equipment is made available so that we can prepare these athletes for the Olympics and other international competitions.”