Three Fijians to start for Wallabies against Fiji
September 19, 2019 1:58 pm
Samu Kerevi, Isi Naisarani and Marika Koroibete
Three Fijians have been named to start for the Wallabies against Fiji on Saturday.
Isi Naisarani, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi are in Michael Cheika’s starting 15.
As predicted coach Michael Cheika has opted to start both David Pocock and Michael Hooper.
Cheika says the experience was the ultimate factor in deciding to pick the pair together in the starting side and pushing Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to the bench.
‘If we play another style of back row we probably be a threat on ball carrying but we’ve seen it before so you’ve seen how they can play together our goal is to win come to the world cup your goal must be to arrive with a medal today and leave with a medal with a different colour’.
Christian Lealiifano and Nic White will unite in the halves while Kurtley Beale has been given the nod at fullback.
White and Lealiifano have played the bulk of the minutes for the Wallabies as the halves combination this season and Cheika says their performances has demanded first crack in the World Cup.
Wallabies to face Fiji:
Scott Sio,Tolu Latu,Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda,Rory Arnold, David Pocock, Michael Hooper,Isi Naisarani,Nic White, Christian Lealiifano, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, James O’Connor, Reece Hodge and Kurtley Beale.
Reserves: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Will Genia, Matt To’omua, Dane Haylett-Petty.
— Wallabies (@wallabies) September 19, 2019