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Off To Rotorua, Flying Fijians Depart For New Zealand Maori All Blacks Rematch

It’s a match which should test their character after the 27-10 humiliation of the Maori All Blacks at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on Saturday.
15 Jul 2019 12:57
Off To Rotorua, Flying Fijians Depart For New Zealand Maori All Blacks Rematch
Waisea Nayacalevu and Filipo Nakosi at the Nausori Airport this morning. Photo: Fiji Rugby

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians departed for New Zealand today to play the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.

It’s a match which should test their character after the 27-10 humiliation of the Maori All Blacks at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on Saturday.

Coach John McKee wants to use all the players in the first two build-up matches. And he is most likely to field the players who didn’t play last Saturday.

Props Campese Ma’afu, Leeroy Atalifo, Joeli Veitayaki and Luke Tagi are likely to get game time after Manasa Saulo, Peni Ravai, Kalivati Tawake and Eroni Mawi proved their worth last  Saturday.

Also the focus will be on the centre pairing of Jale Vatubua and Semi Radradra after Levani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu performed to expectations.

Wing Eroni Sau and Patrick Osbourne will need to deliver after brothers  Filipo Nakosi and Josua Tuisova excelled at Laucala.

This is the game the Flying Fijians must win building up to the Rugby World Cup. But Maori All Blacks head coach Clayton McMillan said they needed to get even and sort things out to prevent further humiliation on home turf.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 26 member squad

Lee-roy Atalifo

Campese Ma’afu

Peni Ravai

Luke Tagi

Kalivati Tawake

Joeli Veitayaki

Sam Matavesi

Tuvere Vugakoto

Api Ratuniyarawa

Tevita Ratuva

Albert Tuisue

Johnny Dyer

Nemani Nagusa

Dominiko Waqaniburotu

Mosese Voka

Frank Lomani

Henry Seniloli

Serupepeli Vularika

Josh Matavesi

Alivereti Veitokani

Sevanaia Galala

Waisea Nayacalevu

Jale Vatubua

Kini Murimurivalu

Filipo Nakosi

Patrick Osbourne

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