Fiji name side to face Scotland

Date published: November 8 2018

Fiji head coach John McKee has named a strong side that includes outside centre Semi Radradra to face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Flying Fijians will look to kick-off their Northern tour on a positive note, as they prepare for a physical encounter against the Scots.

Campese Maafu (Leicester), Sam Matavesi (Cornish Pirates) and Manasa Saulo (London Irish) will start in Fiji’s front-row, with Racing 92’s Leone Nakarawa and Newcastle Falcons’ Tevita Cavubati the lock pairing.

Edinburgh favourite Viliame Mata rounds out a dynamic back-row alongside newly appointed captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu (Brive) and the explosive Peceli Yato (Clermont).

Clermont full-back Setareki Tuicuvu earns his debut and will be well supported by the experience of Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle Falcons), Jale Vatabua (Pau), Radradra (Bordeaux) and Metui Talebula (Bayonne) as Fiji look to impose their own tempo and game style into the match.

“Training this week has been good in preparation for this important Test match against Scotland,” said McKee. “The team can take confidence from our trainings and must now step up to impose our game plan under the intensity of Test match rugby.”

Fiji: 15 Setareki Tuicuvu, 14 Metui Talebula, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Jale Vatabua, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Campese Maafu
Replacements: 16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Kalivate Tawake, 19 Albert Tuisue, 20 Semi Kunatani, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Alivereti Veitokani, 23 Eroni Vasiteri

Date: Saturday, November 10
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (England), Karl Dickson (England)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)