Vatubua and Kunatani not considered due to injuries
September 19, 2019 4:37 pm
Jale Vatubua and Semi Kunatani
Jale Vatubua and Semi Kunatani were not considered for the Flying Fijians opening match against Australia due to injuries.
Head coach John McKee revealed this during a press conference after announcing his match-day 23 today.
McKee says he has picked the best team to play Australia.
And the players have won their places through their training and form.
The national coach praised local players Frank Lomani, Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi and Mosese Voka who have made the final squad face the Wallabies.
McKee adds the team is selected 100 percent on merit and the local-based players have earned their places in the team alongside the renowned overseas-based players.
When asked about their opposition, McKee says they know Australia is a very good team and present a big challenge for them but, because of their preparation, he knows the Flying Fijians is mentally and physically ready for that challenge.
Peceli Yato starts at openside flanker in place of Semi Kunatani.
Semi Radradra comes in on the wing with Josua Tuisova while Levani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu will be the midfield pair.
The established forward pack combination of Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi and Peni Ravai in the front row, Tevita Cavubati and Leone Nakarawa at locks, Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Peceli Yato on the flanks and Viliame Mata at number 8 will spearhead Fiji’s attack.
Frank Lomani and Ben Volavola will drive play for Fiji from the halves, supported by Kini Murimurivalu at full-back.
Saturday will also be a momentous occasion for World Cup debutants Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Tevita Ratuva, Mosese Voka and Alivereti Veitokani who will be ready to impact off the bench alongside Manasa Saulo, Nikola Matawalu and veteran Vereniki Goneva.
The Flying Fijians face Australia at 4.45 pm at the Sapporo Dome, Japan on Saturday 21st September.