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Qera’s 50th Test Cap Tomorrow

Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera will earn his 50th test cap in tomorrow’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at 3:45am. “This is a milestone for
01 Oct 2015 10:55
Qera’s 50th Test Cap Tomorrow
Vodafone Flying Fijians during training at Swansea University ground. Photo: Swansea University.

Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera will earn his 50th test cap in tomorrow’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at 3:45am.

“This is a milestone for me and my family. For someone to reach 50th test cap is an honour.

“It’s an honor to play against tier one nations,” Qera said.

“We know Wales is a changed team from the previous world cups and ranked number two in the world, We have to play at the best we can to compete with them.”

McKee makes 6 interesting changes

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has made six changes to the lineup that will take on the Welsh tomorrow.

Sunia Koto comes in at hooker to replace Tuapati Talemaitoga and Dominiko Waqaniburotu returns from suspension to take his spot at flanker, replacing Peceli Yato.

Nemia Kenatale gets his first start at halfback, while Lepani Botia also gets a thumps up at inside centre.

Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Timoci Nagusa are fresh pair on the wings to start in place of the suspended Nemani Nadolo and injured Waisea Nayacalevu.

On the bench, are World Cup debutants for Leeroy Atalifo and Henry Seniloli. Kini Murimurivalu also could make his first appearance for RWC 2015.

“Lepani is a very good player, very strong, I’m sure he will grab opportunity on Friday and surely he will do very well,” McKee said.

“Nemia distributed the ball very well against Australia,” he said.

McKee is excited with the changes and tomorrow’s game.

“It was two hard games between England and Australia in a short turnaround, a number of bruised bodies so we made some changes in the game.

“We have picked a team that is 100 per cent  fit, we got good depth in this team that will specially suit the Welsh.

“This is a very important game for us as third place in the pool is crucial for automatic qualification for the 2019 RWC.”

Consistency will be the key issue.

“The spirits of the team are high in camp, there were some disappointment we came through two games and nothing to show in terms of points.

“We have played quite well and we have not been consistent enough in the 80 minutes against these top teams and Wales is certainly one of the top teams. We need to be consistent across the 80 minutes,” McKee said.

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