The Fiji team, in an attempt to bolster their squad for the Rugby World Cup, have included former NRL star Semi Radradra in their squad before facing Australia at the big stage.
When facing Tonga at Eden Park on Saturday, Fiji coach, John McKee is expected to field a line-up close to what he would have in mind against the Wallabies in their pool opener at Sapporo three weeks later.
The Fiji team consists mostly of European-based players and many out of them, including Radradra, were part of the historic 21-14 beating of France last November in Paris.
Bordeaux-based outside centre, Radradra’s record is surely a boost for the Fiji team as the 27-year-old scored 82 tries from 94 NRL appearances with Parramatta at a strike rate which was worth applauding.
John McKee has the perfect plan for the Rugby World Cup as he has retained four of his country’s most expensive players and all of them would be in action against Tonga at Eden Park.
Winger Vereniki Goneva, flanker/captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, lock Leona Nakarawa and Sydney-born prop Campese Ma’afu would be playing their 3rd World Cups. All these players have 45 Tests to their name which is quite an achievement keeping in mind Fiji’s reduced schedule when compared to tier one nations.
This clash is of immense importance to the whole Fiji team as a win gives them a chance to climb up the world rankings to the ninth position which is just three places behind the Wallabies. here’s a look at the full Fiji team:
FIJI (15-1): Alivereti Veitokani, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra, Levani Botia, Vereniki Goneva, Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani, Peceli Yato, Semi Kunatani, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Kalivati Tawake, Sam Matavesi, Campese Ma’afu
Reserves: Tuvere Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Tevita Ratuva, Viliame Mata, Nikola Matawalu, Joshua Matavesi, Waisea Nayacalevu