Fiji side to face Maori All Blacks

Date published: July 7 2015


Fiji head coach John McKee has named a strong side to take on the Maori All Blacks this weekend in Suva.

Uncapped fly-half Ben Volavolva, who has signed for the Crusaders from the Waratahs, could make his debut after being named on a strong bench alongside Masi Matadigo, Niko Matawalu and Napolioni Nalaga.

Akapusi Qera captains the side from number eight while an exciting backline features Crusaders superstar Nemani Nadolo.

Nine of the 23 players are based in France.

McKee said: “I expect an open and fast moving game with both teams prepared to play a running game.”

Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Benito Masilevu, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Gabby Lovobalavu, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Josh Matavesi, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Akapusi Qera (c), 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Campese Ma'afu.
Replacements: 16 Villiame Veikoso, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Isei Calati, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Masi Matadigo, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Napolioni Nalaga.

Date: Saturday, July 11

Venue: ANZ National Stadium, Suva

Kick-off: 15:00 local (03:00 GMT)

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Rohan Hoffman (Australia)