Botia and Tuisova return, Tela remains at flyhalf

Botia and Tuisova return, Tela remains at flyhalf

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 07/07/2022
Botia and Tuisova return, Tela remains at flyhalf

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach Vern Cotter has made six changes to his starting side to take on Australia A in their second Pacific Nations Cup match this Saturday.

Cotter has retained the halves combination of Teti Tela and Frank Lomani to direct their running rugby again this week.

A robust backline has been named with captain Levani Botia and Setareki Tamanivalu in the midfield while Vinaya Habosi, Josua Tuisova and Manasa Mataele make up the back three.

Two changes have been made in the forwards with Sam Matavesi starting at hooker while veteran lock Api Ratuniyarawa will pair with Isoa Nasilasila.

Fiji will take on Australia A at 3.30pm Saturday at Churchill Park while Tonga will face Samoa at 12pm.

Flying Fijians team vs Australia A:

1. Haereiti Hetet 2. Sam Matavesi 3. Manasa Saulo 4. Isoa Nasilasila 5. Api Ratuniyarawa 6. Mesualme Kunavula 7. Rusiate Nasove 8. Albert Tuisue 9. Frank Lomani 10. Teti Tela 11. Vinaya Habosi 12. Levani Botia (C) 13. Setareki Tamanivalu 14. Josua Tuisova 15. Manasa Mataele

Reserves 16. Mesu Dolokoto 17. Eroni Mawi 18. Mesake Doge 19. Temo Mayanavanua 20. Kitione Kamikamica 21. Peni Matawalu 22. Vilimoni Botitu 23. Ben Volavola

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