Six Fijians named in Wallabies squad to take on Flying Fijians in crunch match

Six Fijians named in Wallabies squad to take on Flying Fijians in crunch match

By Mosese Raqio
Friday 15/09/2023

The Wallabies have named their 23 match day squad to take on the Fiji Water Flying Fijians in their second Rugby World Cup clash next Monday with 6 players with Fijian links included.

Brumbies backrower Rob Valetini will start at number 8 while Marika Koroibete and Mark Nawaqanitawase will start on the wings with Samu Kerevi starting at inside centre.

Western Force halfback Isaac Fines-Leleiwasa and Reds winger Suliasi Vunivalu will start from the bench.

Coach Eddie Jones has rested Waratahs number 8 Langi Gleeson for this match.


Angus Bell, Davide Porecki and veteran prop James Slipper make up the front row, Nick Frost and captain Will Skelton will pair up at locks while Tom Hooper and Fraser McReight will join Valetini in the back row.

Nic White gets the nod again at halfback forming the halves combination with Carter Gordon who will start at flyhalf.

Kerevi will partner Jordan Petaia in the centre with Nawaqanitawase and Koroibete on the wings while Ben Donaldson will be at fullback.

The bench includes Jordan Uelese, Blake Schoup, Zane Nonggor, Richie Arnold and Rob Leota covering the forwards with Fines-Leleiwasa, Lalakai Foketi and Vunivalu covering the backs.

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

Rugby World Cup - Bronze and Grand Final

Bronze Final -
Sat 28 OctFull TimeArgentina23 - 26England
Grand Final -
Sun 29 OctFull TimeNew Zealand11 - 12South Africa
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