Tela, Sorovi In, Ben ‘At No.12’

 If Levani Botia is ruled out of the second Test, then veteran lock forward Leone Nakarawa, is tipped to captain the Flying Fijians.
14 Jul 2021 16:51
Tela, Sorovi In, Ben ‘At No.12’
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians first five eighth,Teti Tela, trains with fellow Flying Fijian teammates in hamilton on July 12, 2021.


First five-eighth, Teti Tela, is in camp with the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

This was confirmed by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor, on Monday night.

“Teti is in camp,” O’Connor said.

The FRU chief executive officer also indicated that Queensland Reds halfback Moses Sorovi caught a flight to New Zealand yesterday to join the team while they are yet to receive the details of Frank Lomani’s flight.

Tela is expected to don the No.10 jumper in Saturday night’s second Test clash against the All Blacks at the FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Veteran Ben Volavola could be on a standby for captain Levani Botia who is in doubt due to a knee injury.

Volavola, had been impressive at second five- eighth for his club Perpignan during this season’s French ProD2 competition.

This resulted in him being signed by Racing 92 for next season’s Top 14.

With the arrival of Sorovi, he is likely to make his Test debut if Lomani either fails to make it in time or be moved to the wing if the need arises.

Rookie halfback Simione Kuruvoli is still awaiting the result of his concussion.

If Botia is ruled out of the second Test, then veteran lock forward, Leone Nakarawa, is tipped to captain the Flying Fijians.

Nakarawa is the most capped player in the squad and played a commanding role in the first Test.

Saracens loose-head prop Eroni Mawi could make the Match 23- squad ahead of Leeroy Atalifo.

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter will have a tough time in deciding on his loose forwards with Brive’s No.8 Kitione Kamikamica to be considered.

The loosies led by John Dyer, Albert Tuisue, Mesulame Kunavula and Peceli Yato provided stiff competition against the All Blacks in the breakdown area.”



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