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Flying Fijians make five changes

November 12, 2014 5:35 pm

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee has made five changes to his team, which will play Wales in a one-off rugby Test on Sunday.

Josh Matavesi starts at flyhalf, while Nemani Nadolo takes over from Lepani Botia to partner Leicester’s Vereniki Goneva in midfield.

Matavesi comes in for Jonetani Ralulu while Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Waisale Nayacalevu replace wings Watisoni Votu and Alipate Ratini.

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McKee confirmed that Botia and Ratini could not go to Wales for personal reasons.

Fiji and Wales meet for the 10th time in a rugby international.

Wales leads the head-to-head with seven wins, while the Fijian have won once and drawn a game against the Dragons.

The biggest ever Welsh win came at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, where Fiji lost 66-0.

Wales has made eight changes to its team, which played Australia last weekend, and remains confident of a win.

The game starts at 3.30am on Sunday.
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FIJI TEAM TO FACE WALES: Metuisela Talebula, Waisea Nayacalevu, Vereniki Goneva, Nemani Nadolo, Asaeli Tikoirotuma; Joshua Matavesi, Nikola Matawalu; Campese Ma’afu, Sunia Koto, Manasa Saulo, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Masi Matadigo, Akapusi Qera (capt).
Replacements: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Isei Colati, Tevita Cavubati, Malakai Ravulo, Henry Seniloli, Jonetani Ralulu, Timoci Nagusa."

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