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Nathan Hughes has admitted providing for his family was behind the decision to pledge his national allegiance to England. Chris Tierney Jersey .Fijian-born Hughes became available for the Grand Slam champions in June after qualifying on residency grounds and made his debut off the bench in Saturdays 37-21 victory over South Africa.Members of the Fiji squad who will run out at Twickenham this weekend are paid a mere £60 a day, a sum dwarfed by the £22,000 England players receive for each international.The figures involved have resulted in Hughes adopting a hard-nosed professional outlook on rugby knowing that he must provide for his family.I would love for Fiji to have more resources, but it is the way it is. They just have to deal with it and live on whatever they have got, Hughes said.There is a big difference and that is why people want to play rugby and how they survive.It is their bread and butter. Thats the decision I made -- I play my rugby to support my family and put shelter over their heads.Back home it has all been positive comments, everyone happy and proud of the decision I have made. Last week was exciting for me and my family.Despite the financial basis for his decision to represent England, Hughes insists the 26 minutes he played against South Africa were not without poignancy as he celebrated a proud moment in his career.I feel English now. I can say Im an English person now. It was exciting to get the nod to come off the bench and represent England, I can say its my country now, Hughes said.It was huge and it was emotional. I live here in England, it is where my family is now. This is home for me.I will not sing both anthems, Ill only be singing the national anthem, God Save the Queen.It has been a long time coming but now the time is here, Ive got my first cap and Im excited to get more.Hughes, an explosive No. 8 bristling with raw potential, is set to start in the back row against the nation of his birth on Saturday and realises that this guarantees special treatment at Twickenham.I do understand it. If youre an Islander, and I have this opportunity to play against Fiji, you know what is coming. You take it and you have got to give it back. Theyll know its coming too, he said.It will be very special to make this first start against Fiji, but weve got a lot of class back-rowers in the squad, waiting for the opportunity. You just have to train well and when you get an opportunity, take it with both hands. Brady Tkachuk Senators Jersey . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Craig Anderson Jersey . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. http://www.senatorssale.com/authentic-jean-gabriel-pageau-senators-jersey/ . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid. Some things to watch in the Big Ten in Week 11:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 2 Michigan at Iowa. The last time Michigan went to Iowa City as the No. 2-ranked team, in 1985, Jim Harbaugh was the quarterback and the then-No. 1 Hawkeyes dashed the Wolverines national championship hopes with a 12-10 win. Harbaugh, now the Michigan coach, wont be facing an Iowa team of 85 vintage on Saturday. The Hawkeyes have lost three home games and were all but eliminated from the West Division race with last weeks 41-14 loss at Penn State. But the Wolverines have lost three straight in Iowa City since last winning there in 2005, and this will be only the second game theyve traveled outside the Great Lakes State.BEST MATCHUPMinnesota at No. 21 Nebraska. The Gophers can still make the Big Ten championship game, but only if they win their next three games. All are difficult. First up is a trip to Lincoln, where they won in 2014 after erasing a 10-point deficit in the third quarter. Theyll be going against a Nebraska team still smarting from a 62-3 beat-down at Ohio State and with the status of quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. in doubt. Armstrong was going through a concussion protocol this week after getting knocked unconscious against the Buckeyes. If he cant play, Ryker Fyfe will make his second career start.INSIDE THE NUMBERSWisconsin, which hosts Illinois, has won 10 of 11 against the Illini. That includes six straight, matching the longest streak by either team in series history. ... Illinois three quarterbacks havee combined to throw three interceptions, ranking fourth in the FBS and tied for first in the Big Ten. Mark Borowiecki Senators Jersey. ... Nebraska has won 18 straight prime-time games in Lincoln since 2008. ... Rutgers has 16 sacks in nine games to top last years total of 12. ... With 30 career TD passes, David Blough has passed Purdue greats Len Dawson (29) and Bob Griese (28).LONG SHOTIndiana is a 6 +-point underdog at home to No. 12 Penn State. The Hoosiers, who need one more win for bowl eligibility, face one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Nittany Lions have won five straight and remain alive in the East Division race, a game behind Michigan. Theyve averaged 555 yards and outscored their last two opponents (Purdue, Iowa) by a combined 103-38. The Hoosiers have recorded 10 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in their last three games. The defense faces a much more difficult task in trying to corral Big Ten rushing leader Saquon Barkley.PLAYER TO WATCHMichigan QB Wilton Speight is coming off the best game of his career, having completed nearly 80 percent of his passes and throwing for 362 yards against Maryland, including a school-record 292 in the first half. Iowa has given up 29 pass plays of 20 yards or longer, the third-worst mark in the conference. If Speight gets on a roll, the Wolverines will be hard to stop.---More AP college football at http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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