Fiji without Radradra and Goneva for Maori All Blacks clash

Fiji without Radradra and Goneva for Maori All Blacks clash

Fiji Head Coach John McKee has named his first run on side for the 2019 season as the Flying Fijians kick start their Rugby World Cup campaign with a two-match Pacific Series test against the Maori All Blacks at Suva’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

The Fijians head into the clash without backs Semi Radradra and Vereniki Goneva as well as Josh Matavesi and Nikola Matawalu, all of whom are injured for the encounter.

London Irish stars Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani have been given the nod for to start ahead of some more senior players in the squad, for this opening clash.

 “It’s a very important game for us this week, only to start our campaign well for players to take their opportunity and show good form from the get go.”  - McKee 

In-form hooker Sam Matavesi leads the front row with props Peni Ravai and Manasa Saulo.

Skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu takes charge of an exciting forward pack consisting of Tuisue, Leone Nakarawa, Viliame Mata and Semi Kunatani.

“There are a lot of talented players right across the park in the team,”

“The important thing for these players is to find their combinations quickly and work within our systems in both attack & defence” says McKee.

“Adding to the experience of skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu in the back row are Viliame Mata, who is really developing as a world class number eight and Semi Kunatani, who although not the typical backrow player will add more fire power in the team,” McKee said.

The new midfield pair of Lepani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu will be put to the test this weekend while Alivereti Veitokani will make his start at fullback with Eroni Sau and Josua Tuisova on the wings.

“It’s good to see Waisea Nayacalevu back in the Flying Fijians colours. He has been out of the group for couple of campaigns now due to some untimely injuries over the past 2 European seasons” McKee said.

McKee added “He gets an opportunity in the team paired with Botia in the midfield. The up and coming Frank Lomani at half-back and experienced Ben Volavola at fly-half complete the backline.”

  1. Peni Ravai
  2. Sam Matavesi
  3. Manasa Saulo
  4. Albert Tuisue
  5. Leone Nakarawa
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
  7. Semi Kunatani
  8. Viliame Mata
  9. Frank Lomani
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Eroni Sau
  12. Lepani Botia
  13. Waisea Nayacalevu
  14. Josua Tuisova
  15. Alivereti Veitokani


16. Mesulame Dolokoto

17. Eroni Mawi

18. Kalivati Tawake

19. Api Ratuniyarawa
20.Nemani Nagusa
21.Henry Seniloli
22.Sevanaia Galala
23 Patrick Osbourne

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