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Play For Pride, Flying Fijians Told

Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Waisea Nayacale­vu has faith in his players to stand up to the challenge and beat Manu Samoa in tomorrow’s Pacific Nations Cup clash.
15 Jul 2022 11:45
Play For Pride, Flying Fijians Told
Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter (left) and captain Waisea Nayacalevu during the match-23 annoucement at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi on July 14, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Waisea Nayacale­vu has faith in his players to stand up to the challenge and beat Manu Samoa in tomorrow’s Pacific Nations Cup clash.

“I believe in the boys to do the job,” he said after the team an­nouncement yesterday.

The Samoans under head coach Seilala Mapusua and Tana Umaga are on a high as they remain un­beaten and a step away from win­ning the PNC.

Nayacalevu said he is aware that the Flying Fijians have never lost to Samoa in the PNC since its in­ception.

“My message to them (players) is to have pride in the jersey and who they represent.”

This is not the first time that Nayacalevu is pairing with Vili­moni Botitu in the centre.

“I paired up with him in the last November tests. I’m looking for­ward to another good game. Sa­moa is always tough.”

Nayacalevu showed glimpses of class as he twice broke up the Tongan defence to set-up Jiuta Wainiqolo and Setareki Tuicuvu to score tries.

Head coach Vern Cotter said, “I believe in this team with Waisea Nayacalevu and Botitu (Vilimoni) in the mid-field.

“It is important that we get a look at these two. We know what Levani (Botia) brings at 12 now it is an opportunity for Vilimoni (Botitu) to show what he brings in that position. We know what Wai­sea can do at 13.

“And as captain, Waisea has been there for a long time and it is good to have an old head with a young­er head.

“And these are all combinations and options that are very impor­tant going into autumn in Novem­ber and then going into the Rugby World Cup next year,” he added.

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