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Spain Hosts Flying Fijians, Georgia Clash

“It’s almost a new team with a lot of changes. We’ve maybe kept five or six players from last year as we focus on 2023.
05 Nov 2021 14:08
Spain Hosts Flying Fijians, Georgia Clash
Flying Fijians (left-right) Temo Mayanavanua and Viliame Mata during their gym session in Madrid, Spain, on November 3, 2021. Photo: FRU Media

The Spanish Rugby Federation has stepped in to host the Flying Fijians Test match against Georgia on November 20.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Federation after being requested by World Rugby.

In a statement, the FER indicated they have worked closely with Aranjuez City Council to host the Test match at the El Deleite Municipal Stadium, with a sitting capacity for 5,000 spectators.

Meanwhile, the Spanish rugby side under head coach Santiago Santos are using this Saturday’s Test clash against the Flying Fijians at the Complutense Central Stadium to prepare for their 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Russia.

This was after their impressive performance against Italy A on October 31 where they narrowly lost 13-11.

“It’s year one of the transition and an opportunity to have new guys in the squad,” said Santos.

“It’s almost a new team with a lot of changes. We’ve maybe kept five or six players from last year as we focus on 2023.

“Some older players retired and others that are young enough for the next cycle we’ve left at their clubs to keep their clubs happy.”

In terms of eligibility, Santos insists Spain are “double checking” all their players’ details after the punishments meted out for fielding ineligible players last year, but he rejects any assertion that the country are too reliant on those born overseas.

The current 32-member squad have five players who are yet to make the Test debut.

They have seasoned campaigners like Andrés Alvarado, Alberto Blanco and Thierry ‘Titi’ Futeu who has replaced Bastien Dedieu and Jon Zabala.

Meanwhile, there is no confirmation on whether the Fiji v Spain clash will be televisied live on TV.

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