Raiwalui makes six changes, Kuruvoli to start ahead of Lomani

Raiwalui makes six changes, Kuruvoli to start ahead of Lomani

By Mosese Raqio
Saturday 16/09/2023
[Photo: Fiji Rugby]

The Fiji Water Flying Fijians have made 6 changes to its lineup from the team that lost to Wales last week for their crucial Rugby World Cup clash against the Wallabies on Monday.

Some notable changes include flanker Levani Botia starting at number 7 moving Albert Tuisue to the bench with Simione Kuruvoli starting at halfback, Semi Radradra starting on the left wing and Josua Tuisova starting at inside centre.

Jiuta Wainiqolo starts on the right wing relieving Selestino Ravutaumada from the match day 23 squad with Vilimoni Botitu to start off the bench.

Coach Simon Raiwalui has opted to keep Fijian Drua flyhalf Teti Tela at number 10 with the rest of the line up remaining the same from the last match.

Eroni Mawi, Sam Matavesi, Luke Tagi, Isoa Nasilasila and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta complete the tight five with Lekima Tagitagivalu, Botia and Viliame Mata pairing up in the back row.

Kuruvoli and Tela form the halves combination with Tuisova and Captain Waisea Nayacalevu pairing up in the centres.

Ilaisa Droasese will start at fullback.

The bench will have a lot of firepower as Tevita Ikanivere, Peni Ravai, Mesake Doge, Temo Mayanavanua and Albert Tuisue cover the forwards while Frank Lomani, Botitu and Vinaya Habosi cover the back line.

The Flying Fijians will take on the Wallabies at 3.45am Monday in Lyon.

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