Yato Starts At No.8 Against Tonga

John McKee’s final chance to test players  before Rugby World Cup starts in September
30 Aug 2019 18:28
Yato Starts At No.8 Against Tonga
Peceli Yato during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Flamboyant Fiji Airways Flying Fijians loose forward Peceli Yato will start at No.8 against Tonga at Eden Park, Auckland in New Zealand, tomorrow.

Head coach John McKee has rested No.8 Viliame Mata and he will come in as an impact player.

McKee said the advantage they have is that most of the players can play more than one position.

The no-nonsense coach has named a powerful front row with veteran Campese Ma’afu at loosehead prop while Kalivati Tawake at tighthead with Sam Matavesi claiming the hooker’s spot.

Veteran props Manasa Saulo and Leeroy Atalifo have been left out.

McKee has gone back to the locking partnership of Leone Nakarawa and Tevita Cavubati.

Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, mans the blindside flanker’s berth while Semi Kuantani is at openside.

Naitasiri halfback Frank Lomani starts ahead of Nikola Matawalu to keep the partnership with Ben Volavola who is at first five-eight.

The centre partnership of Levani Botia and Semi Radradra has been retained. Veteran Vereniki Goneva and Josua Tuisova are on the wings while Alivereti Veitokani is at fullback.

The match kicks-off at 4.30pm.


1. Campese Ma’afu, 2. Sam Matavesi, 3. Kalivati Tawake, 4. Tevita Cavubati, 5. Leone Nakarawa, 6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 7. Semi Kunatani. 8. Peceli Yato, 9. Frank Lomani, 10. Ben Volavola, 11. Vereniki Goneva, 12. Levani Botia, 13. Semi Radradra, 14. Josua Tuisova, 15. Alivereti Veitokani.

Replacements: 16. Veremalua Vugakoto, 17. Eroni Mawi, 18. Peni Ravai, 19. Tevita Ratuva, 20. Viliame Mata, 21. Nikola Matawalu, 22. Josh Matavesi, 23. Waisea Nayacalevu.

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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