Fiji team revealed to face Italy

Fiji coach John McKee has made a few changes from the side that lost to Australia last weekend to play Italy in Suva on Saturday.

McKee said that he had selected a very strong team with a good mix of experienced and new players.

“I have been able to name a very strong team to represent Fiji against Italy on Saturday. There is a good mix of experienced and new players with some newer players coming into the team and getting the opportunity based on, for some, their performance last week against Australia and their commitment and hard work throughout the training sessions.

“The team has trained very well this week and have been working on some learnings from the Australian game. The team was disappointed they were not efficient enough in the scoring zone last week despite dominating possession for long periods of the game.”

He added that the Italians would present a different challenge to the one they faced against the Wallabies.

“Italy will present a very different challenge to Australia and we expect them to come at us through their forwards to put us on the back foot and starve us of ball. We will have to be up for the physical challenge to be successful in this match”.

Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Jale Vatubua, 12 Eroni Vasiteri, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Serupepeli Vularika, 8 Nemani Nagusa, 7 Akapusi Qera (c), 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 3 Kalivati Tawake, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Peni Ravai
Replacements: 16 Jale Sassen, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Manasa Saulo, 19 Tevita Cavubati, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Mosese Voka, 22 Nikola Matawalu, 23 Benito Masilevu

Date: Saturday, June 20
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Suva
Kick-Off: 14:40pm local (02:40 GMT)  
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Graham Cooper (Australia)