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RWC 2019: Team Announcement For Fiji Against Georgia

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee has managed to select a full strength side to face Georgia as they chase their first win in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
01 Oct 2019 16:23
RWC 2019: Team Announcement For Fiji Against Georgia
The Flying Fijians.

Experience and power ready to front Georgia.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee has managed to select a full strength side to face Georgia as they chase their first win in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Flankers Peceli Yato and Semi Kunatani have been declared fit and will run full speed into this crucial Pool D contest.

McKee said “This match against Georgia was always going to be a key match in this pool and nothing has changed.”

“There is plenty at stake in this game as a top three finish in our pool means automatic qualification for RWC 2023”

With the Georgians known for their ruthless forwards, Fiji will counter with a fierce pack of their own come Thursday night.

“We know Georgia’s strengths and are prepared for a battle around the set pieces and the breakdown” he said.

Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi and Manasa Saulo will take charge in an experienced Fijian front row.

Leone Nakarawa and Tevita Cavubati partner up at locks while Semi Kunatani earns his RWC debut on the flanks together with skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu.  Peceli Yato is welcomed back having recovered from the concussion against Australia.

Fiji’s hard hitting and pacey backline combination that impressed against Australia reforms with Frank Lomani and Ben Volavola in the halves, Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova on the wings and Levani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu in the centres.

Kini Murimurivalu will be at full-back.

“The team remains very focused and determined to put in a performance that will make Fijians at home and all around the world feel proud” he said.

The Flying Fijians face Georgia in their third pool match at 7.15pm (5.15pm FJT) at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka in Japan.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D Game Three v Georgia
Flying Fijians Team:

Campese Ma’afu
Samuel Matavesi
Manasa Saulo
Tevita Cavubati
Leone Nakarawa
Dominiko Waqaniburotu
Semi Kunatani
Peceli Yato
Frank Lomani
Ben Volavola
Semi Radradra
Levani Botia
Waisea Nayacalevu
Josua Tuisova
Kini Murimurivalu

Reserves: 16. Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto 17. Eroni Mawi 18. Peni Ravai 19. Apisamole Ratuniyarawa 20. Viliame Mata 21. Nikola Matawalu 22. Jale Vatubua 23. Josh Matavesi

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