Rugby

PM Will Watch Wales-Fiji Test

“Our Prime Minister is likely to attend the Test match, I am going to communicate with him tonight (last night) only then we can confirm the details,” O’Connor said.
10 Nov 2021 13:33
PM Will Watch Wales-Fiji Test
Vodafone Flying Fijians Ben Volavola (facing camera) and Nikola Matawalu are likely to be named in the line-up against Wales next Monday in Cardiff. Photo: Ian Muir

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be at Cardiff this weekend to cheer on the Vodafone Flying Fijians as they play Wales in the second Test match of their Europe tour.

The Test match will be held at the Principality Stadium, the national stadium of Wales located in Cardiff on Sunday at 3.15am (Monday, Fiji time).

Bainimarama, who is president of the Fiji Rugby Union, is now in Glasgow, Scotland, as head of the Fijian delegation attending the COP26.

The two-week COP26 meeting closes on Friday.

His presence will boost the team’s morale.

He is expected to fly from Scotland to Wales, which is about an hour’s flight.

When contacted yesterday Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor could not confirm if Bainimarama was going to present the Vodafone Flying Fijians their Test jerseys.

“Our Prime Minister is likely to attend the Test match, I am going to communicate with him tonight (last night) only then we can confirm the details,” O’Connor said.

“If he is attending then he would be the only one from Rugby House attending,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter has clarified the issue surrounding Levani Botia and John Dyer.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Cotter said Botia pulled out of the La Rochelle line-up right in the last minute after he was named in their team sheet to play at second five-eighth.

“We had discussions with him (Botia) and his club,” Cotter said after he was reassured by the club ythat the Fijian had pulled out.

However, Cotter was disappointed that Dyer went ahead to play for his club.

“Johnny Dyer refused selection and chose to play for his club Biarritz instead of Fiji last weekend. Of course it is disappointing and he will not be joining the team.”

Cotter confirmed that Jiuta Wainiqolo will miss the Wales Test due to concussion, but he should be up for selection for the Georgia Test match.

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