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Goneva Back At Centre

Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Year Vereniki Goneva is back at centre for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians against Tonga tomorrow. He replaces Semi Radradra who will join the
22 Jun 2018 10:00
Goneva Back At Centre
Flying Fijians rep, Vereniki Goneva with Students of St. Annes Primary School during their visit on June 13, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Year Vereniki Goneva is back at centre for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians against Tonga tomorrow.

He replaces Semi Radradra who will join the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s camp after making an impressive debut against Georgia last week.

After an impressive show for the Top 14 club Toulon and Fiji Airways 7s team at the London 7s, Radradara was asked to take timeout to avoid burnout.

This is in consultation with the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee, 7s coach Gareth Baber and the management of Radradra’s new club Bordeaux FC.

Radradra’s load need to be managed to ensure he will be available to perform at both club and country level for the heavy 2018/19 programmes.

McKee said Goneva has been one of our outstanding players during the past three matches.

“Goneva is equally a good player as an inside centre as he is on the wing,” McKee said.

“With Timoci Nagusa on the wing, they’re going to be a very exciting back three centre pairing with Jale Vatabua and Goneva and Sevanaia Galala coming off the bench.

“We have picked a team to win this match and this also gives us an opportunity with an eye to the future.”

McKee added Tonga will not be bringing much change to the game plan but they will have the powerful forwards to control the game.

“I do not see that they will radically change their game plan for this match,” McKee said.

“They are going to come at us very directly and they will use their big powerful forwards to overpower us and control the game.

“For us, as with Georgia, it is important that our forward pack really front up.”

 Edited by Osea Bola

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