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Maqala, Rotuisolia and Natave to debut for the Flying Fijians, Botitu at 10

Maqala, Rotuisolia and Natave to debut for the Flying Fijians, Botitu at 10

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 04/11/2022
Vilimoni Botitu Photo:Getty Images

Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has named three debutants in the 23-member team to play Scotland on Sunday.

Fijian Drua rep, Ratu Leone Rotuisolia will make his debut at lock, former Fijian 7s and Olympic Gold Medalist, Sireli Maqala and Livai Natave are expected to earn their first test cap from the bench.

Eroni Mawi, Sam Matavesi and Manasa Saulo are in the front row, while Temo Mayanavanua will pair up with Rotuisolia at locks.

Albert Tuisue will be the blindside flanker while Levani Botia has been shifted to the forwards and will start at openside flanker.

Viliame Mata returns from injury and will start at number eight.

In the backs, Frank Lomani and Vilimoni Botitu are the halves combination, Kalaveti Ravouvou and skipper Waisea Nayacalevu will pair in the midfield.

Vinaya Habosi is on the left wing and Setareki Tuicuvu will start on the right wing.

Veteran fullback Kini Murimurivalu will get another start at fullback.

Teti Tela has also joined the squad after getting his emergency passport and is on the bench.

The Flying Fijians will take on Scotland at 1am Sunday. Flying Fijians Team V Scotland

1. Eroni Mawi

2. Sam Matavesi

3. Manasa Saulo

4. Temo Mayanavanua

5. Ratu Leone Rotuisolia *

6. Albert Tuisue

7. Levani Botia

8. Viliame Mata

9. Frank Lomani

10. Vilimoni Botitu

11. Vinaya Habosi

12. Kalaveti Ravouvou

13. Waisea Nayacalevu {c}

14. Setareki Tuicuvu

15. Kini Murimurivalu

Reserves

16. Tevita Ikanivere

17. Livai Natave *

18. Luke Tagi

19. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa

20. Kitione Kamikamica

21. Peni Matawalu

22. Teti Tela

23. Sireli Maqala *

Autumn Test Series

DateTimeTeamTeam
Sun 27 NovFull Time Wales 34 - 39Australia
Sun 27 NovFull Time England13 - 27South Africa



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