Flying Fijians named for first Tonga Test in Punjas Series
11 August, 2011
|The Flying FIjians going through scrum practice. |
Winger Adriu Delai earns his first run-on position for the Flying Fijians in the opening game in the Punjas Series against Tonga. The Nadroga wing has earned two caps off the bench already this season but a strong performance in training see’s the Gau Islander claim a starting berth.
With Sekonaia Kalou still recovering from twisted knee ligaments his place is taken in the engine room by Sale’s Wame Lewaravu who partners the newly married Rupeni Nasiga. At the back Fiji fields one of its most powerful back row forwards in recent seasons with Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Malakai Ravulo and Sisa Koyamaibole packing down.
In midfield Italy based Vitori Buatava partners London Welsh’s Waisale Luveniyali with vice-captain Seremaia Bai at inside centre and Fiji’s outstanding player from last November’s tour to Europe, Albert Vulivuli, at outside centre.
Meanwhile returning from injury, as well as putting his honeymoon on hold, Kini Murimurivalu claims the last man down position at fullback.
Saturday’s Punjas Series Test kicks off at 3:30 PM at Churchill Park, in Lautoka with tickets on sale at Epay outlets nationwide. There is also free admission to the embankment for children under 12 years of age.
The full Fiji team is as follows:
1. Campese Maafu, 2. Sunia Koto, 3. Deacon Manu (capt), 4. Rupeni Nasiga, 5. Wame Lewaravu, 6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 7. Malakai Ravulo, 8. Sisa Koyamaibole, 9. Vitori Buatava, 10. Waisea Luveniyali, 11. Adriu Delai, 12. Seremaia Bai (v-capt), 13. Albert Vulivuli, 14. Vereniki Goneva, 15. Kini Murimurivalu, Reserves – 16. Viliame Veikoso, 17. Waisea Daveta, 18. Jovilisi Domolailai, 19. Masi Matadigo, 20. Waisale Vatuvoka, 21. Ravai Fatiaki, 22. Iliesa Keresoni View photos of the Flying Fijians RWC 2011 squad