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Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach, John McKee has named an experienced and powerful line-up for against Tonga in the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup, at the Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa tomorrow.
07 Jul 2017 10:22
Test Team
Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Peni Ravai will be one of the impact players against Tonga’s Ikale Tahi tomorrow. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach, John McKee has named an experienced and powerful line-up for against Tonga in the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup, at the Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa tomorrow.

McKee stressed how important this match would be for them and that they are expecting a very physical encounter with Tonga.

“This match against Tonga is very important for us in terms of our RWC qualification and to achieve our goal of finishing as Oceania No. 1,”he said.

“We expect a very physical encounter with Tonga on Saturday.  Tonga played very well in winning against Samoa last week which will give them a lot of confidence coming into this match  and they will backed by a very loud local crowd.

“We will need to be absolutely on top of our game and not distracted by the crowd.”

He added the team needed to focus on their performance both collectively as a team and individually.

“The team must focus on their performance in this week’s match, both collectively as a team and individually in their match tasks.  We take confidence from our success against Italy and Scotland but those wins count for nothing in terms of RWC Qualification.  It is this weekend’s match performance that is important.”

The team received a warm welcome upon their arrival into Tonga not only from the Fijian community but the locals as well. McKee said that it has been a good experience for many of the players who are in Tonga for the first time.

“It is good the be here in Tonga  to play knowing that the home fans, until this PNC, have not been able to watch the Test match Rugby in Tonga since 2008.  For many of our players it is their first time in Tonga and it is good that they have been able to experience some of the local culture and meet local fans during our stay.  For me this is still part of the rugby culture and makes rugby different from most other sports.”

Campese Ma’afu, Sunia Koto, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (C), Nemani Nagusa, Serupepeli Vularika, Ben Volavola, Patrick Osborne, Jale Vatubua, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Josua Tuisova, Timoci Nagusa

Reserves: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Peni Ravai, Kalivati Tawake, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Viliame Mata, Henry Seniloli, Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu

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