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Botitu ready for the battle if selected to play against Wallabies

Flying Fijians utility back Vilimoni Botitu is raring to go out and give his best shot if selected for the match against the Wallabies on Monday.

The 25-year-old joined the camp last week after a SOS call from Head Coach Simon Raiwalui to replace fly-half Caleb Muntz who got injured during a non-contact session.

Botitu said the call from Raiwalui came as a surprise as he was not expecting it because there were other senior players on the list who could have replaced Muntz.

“Eventually I never thought that I would be called up because there were other players in the squad who used to play at fly-half and got dropped. But then I would like to thank Coach Simon and the team for believing in me and giving me a chance once again” said Botitu.

The Olympic Games gold medalist believes now that he is in the squad, he needs to give his one hundred percent if selected for the match against the Wallabies.

He further said “After being not considered for the Rugby World Cup, I went home and then came to France to join my club. I was training when I got a call from Simon on Thursday and he asked me to join the Flying Fijians camp.

I was happy and looked forward to joining the camp.”

Botitu said the environment is the same as it was during their first week in camp in Taveuni.

He added “It’s nothing new for me, still the same set of players and coaches I worked with so it’s been easy for me to get into the training since last week Thursday.

“I have been working hard and I will give my best to make it into the team for the game against Australia. I’m certainly ready to give my best shot if selected for the team this weekend” said Botitu.

Flying Fijians face Australia at 3.45am FJT on Monday.

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