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Local players Serupepeli Vularika, Mosese Voka  and Jale Sassen will start for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against the Barbarians in Belfast at 8.30am tomorrow. But the feature clash at the
11 Nov 2016 11:16
Bring It
Nemani Nadolo.

Local players Serupepeli Vularika, Mosese Voka  and Jale Sassen will start for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against the Barbarians in Belfast at 8.30am tomorrow.

But the feature clash at the sold-out Kingspan Stadium should be on the wings when Nemani Nadolo faces fellow Fijian giant Taqele Naiyaravoro who was named the man-of-the match in the 31-31 thriller at Wembley last weekend.

Barbarians coach Robbie Deans will definitely named Naiyaravoro in his starting lineup.

Head coach John McKee said the players are well aware of the expectations going into the game against the Barbarians.

Local players like Sassen, Voka and Vularika are fitting in well with a lot of encouragement from the senior players.

“The opening game against the Barbarians is very important for us to get the tour off to a positive start,” McKee said.

“The Barbarians have a very strong squad with plenty of Super Rugby players and will be strengthened with the inclusion of some Ulster players.

“For the Vodafone Flying Fijians, their performance on Saturday must be based on the core areas of the game at set play and ruck area to ensure we win quality ball and retain possession to build pressure. Our defensive effort will need to be huge as we know the Barbarians team will look to run the ball at every opportunity.

“The week has been progressing well with a fair bit of team activities organized by the players.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians know how well the Barbarians played against the Springboks last week and the players know that they will have to be on par with the challenge

“As for the team to play the Barbarians, we have selected a strong team with a balance of experience and giving an opportunity for some Fiji- based players to step up and show their ability to the top level of the game. I expect a very fast paced game as both teams will look to run the ball.

“It will be very important for us to play well in both attack and defence across the whole 80 minutes. The game could well come down to the wire as we saw last week when the Barbarians drew 31 all with South Africa.”

Training for the week has been supported by Fijians living in Belfast. The team management though have requested the Fijian community to respect the team in its preparation for the game this week and the other two tests to come and would not want players to be distracted.

 

Fiji:  1.Campese Ma’afu. 2 Jale Sassen, 3 Manasa Saulo, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 5. DominikoWaqaniburotu, 6 Naulia Dawai, 7  Mosese Voka, 8  Akapusi Qera,  9 Serupepeli Vularika, 10 Ben Volavola, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 12  Albert Vulivuli, 13. Asaeli Tikoirotuma. 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 15.  Benito Masilevu.

Reserves:  SuniA Koto, Joeli Vitayaki, Leeroy Atalifo, Nemani Soqeta, Eremasi Radrodro, Nemia Kenatale, Metuisela Talebula, Vatemo Ravouvou,

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