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Kuruvoli, Volavola and Kamikamica to start as Flying Fijians aim for a win against the French Barbarians

Kuruvoli, Volavola and Kamikamica to start as Flying Fijians aim for a win against the French Barbarians

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 18/11/2022
Simione Kuruvoli, Ben Volavola and Kitione Kamikamica Photo:GettyImages

Flying Fijians Head Coach, Vern Cotter has managed to line up a formidable side despite the team facing player suspension and injuries.

Cotter has made 7 changes from the Irish match to his 23-member squad in the hope to continue its unbeaten record against the French Barbarians on Sunday.

He has named Simione Kuruvoli and Ben Volavola to combine in the halves while Kitione Kamikamica will start at number 7.

Cotter says that Vilimoni Botitu has a knee injury, Levani Botia has an ankle injury, Albert Tuisue has been suspended for four matches and Ratu Leone Rotuisolia had a Head Injury Assessment (HIA).

The forwards consist of Eroni Mawi, Sam Matavesi, Manasa Saulo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Temo Mayanavanua, Isoa Nasilasila, Kamikamica and Viliame Mata at number eight.

The backs will have Kuruvoli and Volavola in the halves, Kalaveti Ravouvou and Waisea Nayacalevu in the midfiels while Vinaya Habosi, Jiuta Wainiqolo and Setareki Tuicuvu will be the back three.

The reserves are Tevita Ikanivere, Livai Natave, Luke Tagi, John Dyer, Mesulame Dolokoto, Peni Matawalu, Adrea Cocagi and Sireli Maqala.

The Flying Fijians will take on the French Barbarians at 2am Sunday.

Flying Fijians squad V French Barbarians

1. Eroni Mawi 2. Sam Matavesi 3. Manasa Saulo 4. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa 5. Temo Mayanavanua 6. Isoa Nasilasila 7. Kitione Kamikamica 8. Viliame Mata 9. Simione Kuruvoli 10. Ben Volavola 11. Vinaya Habosi 12. Kalaveti Ravouvou 13. Waisea Nayacalevu 14. Jiuta Wainiqolo 15. Setareki Tuicuvu 16. Tevita Ikanivere 17. Livai Natave 18. Luka Tagi 19. Mesulame Dolokoto 20. John Dyer 21. Peni Matawalu 22. Adrea Cocagi 23. Sireli Maqala

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