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Yato rests, Mata Starts, McKee Names Fiji Team To Take On Wales

Off the back of their strong performance against Georgia, McKee says the team are looking to build and step up again when they meet the current 6 Nations Champions.
08 Oct 2019 12:12
Yato rests, Mata Starts, McKee Names Fiji Team To Take On Wales
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians (from left) Ben Volavola, Mesulame Dolokoto (partly obscured), assistant coach Tabai Matson and Mosese Voka during a training session in Japan. They are preparing for their final Pool D Rugby World Cup clash against Georgia tomorrow. Photo: FRU Media

The Flying Fijians are determined to finish their Rugby World Cup pool stages on a high as they finalise preparations for their match against Wales at Oita Stadium, tomorrow.

Head coach John McKee has made one change to the run-on team that dominated Georgia 45-10 at Higashiosaka City last week, with Viliame Mata coming into number eight, moving Peceli Yato to the bench.

Off the back of their strong performance against Georgia, McKee says the team are looking to build and step up again when they meet the current 6 Nations Champions.

“We see this final pool game as both a challenge and an opportunity, it is important to finish the pool stage on a high note” he said.

“We carry some confidence and momentum from the Georgia match and at the same time know we must step up in performance in this match as it will be of a higher intensity.

“Wales presents a big challenge to us as they are the current 6 Nations Champions and recently held the World Rugby No 1 ranking and we can see the strengths across their squad.

“They have a very good defensive system and work rate so we know we will need to work hard to create scoring opportunities for ourselves.”

Match kicks-off at 9.45 pm.

Flying Fijians Round 4 Pool D Rugby World Cup team v Wales

  1. Campese Ma’afu
  2. Sam Matavesi
  3. Manasa Saulo
  4. Tevita Cavubati
  5. Leone Nakarawa
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
  7. Semi Kunatani
  8. Viliame Mata
  9. Frank Lomani
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Semi Radradra
  12. Levani Botia
  13. Waisea Nayacalevu
  14. Josua Tuisova
  15. Kini Murimurivalu

Reserves

16.  Mesulame Dolokoto

17. Eroni Mawi

18. Peni Ravai

19. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa

20. Peceli Yato

21. Nikola Matawalu

22. Jale Vatubua

23. Josh Matavesi

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