Fiji confirmed its initial XV for what will be the duel of this saturday before the All Blacks. Vern Cotter announced the formation to face New Zealand from the 3.50 hs, live on ESPN, in the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Some players like the experienced ones Frank Lomani, Mosese Sorovi and Teti Tela they were left out of those summoned, due to the recent Covid outbreak. The head coach of Fiji anticipated what this duel will be: “We will need leadership and the forwards will have to be very good because we have to protect Simione Kuruvoli who is only having his second game with Fiji against the All Blacks and his opponent is Aaron Smith, so it will be a great day for him, therefore the forwards must be strong to protect him, “he said.
At the same time, the Fijian selected will have as debutants Peni Narisia, Eneriko Buliruarua, Manasa Mataele, and the return of Leone Nakarawa: “The return of Leone nakarawa He has helped a lot in the line out, as he brings a lot of experience, ” said Cotter.
FIJI: 15. Kini Murimurivalu, 14. Eroni Sau, 13. Waisea Nayacalevu, 12. Levani Botia (c), 11. Nemani Nadolo, 10. Ben Volavola, 9. Simione Kuruvoli, 8. Albert Tuisue, 7. Mesulame Kunavula, 6. Johnny Dyer, 5. Leone Nakarawa, 4. Temo Mayanavanua, 3. Mesake Doge, 2. Samuel Matavesi, 1. Peni Ravai.
Substitutes: 16. Peni Narisia, 17. Haereiti Hetet, 18. Leeroy Atalifo, 19. Tevita Ratuva, 20. Peceli Yato, 21. Setareki Tuicuvu, 22. Eneriko Buliruarua, 23. Manasa Mataele.