Manoa Vosawai - pictured here in action for Treviso - started for Italy against Fiji
New Cardiff Blues Number Eight Manoa Vosawai could not stop Italy falling to a 25-14 defeat to Fiji in their one-off Test in Suva on Saturday.
Former NSW Waratahs and current Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo was the star performer for Fiji as he scored 15 points.
Italy led 7-5 at the ANZ National Stadium as Vosawai, who returned to the country of his birth, started in a pack that was awarded a 10th-minute penalty try, given for repeated collapsing of the Fiji scrum.
After the break, Dominiko Waqaniburotu put Fiji ahead for the first time and two penalties from Nadolo stretched the lead before a second Italian penalty try.
But Napolioni Nalaga killed off the Italians with the home side's third try two minutes from the end.
Vosawai and the Azzurri now play Samoa in Apia on June 14 and Japan in Tokyo on June 21.
Cardiff Blues face Newport Gwent Dragons in a massive 'all-Welsh' European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final at Rodney Parade in April - and the region is now pleased to announce that tickets are on General Sale NOW!
Egg-cellent news! Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
A powerful second half surge from new table-toppers Munster Rugby saw the run in three tries and wrap up victory over Cardiff Blues as the Guinness PRO12 season resumed at the newly-developed Irish Independent Park.