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McKee goes for experience as Nadolo returns to starting line up for Uruguay match

October 4, 2015 7:48 pm

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee has named Fiji oldest starting team in 12 years for the last pool match against Uruguay at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

With an average age of 29 years and 108 days, it will be Fiji’s oldest starting XV since their 41-13 win against Japan at RWC 2003.

There are five personnel changes and one positional change to the team that lost to Wales.

Nemani Nadolo returns from suspension and replaces Asaeli Tikoirotuma, who moves to the right wing. Timoci Nagusa, who played there against Wales, drops to the reserve bench.

Kini Murimurivalu also get his first start coming in at full-back for Metuisela Talebula.

There are three changes in the forward pack. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa replaces Tevita Cavubati in the second row and Sakiusa Matadigo is the new number eight, coming in for Netani Talei.

Suva’s Leeroy Atalifo also starts at prop.

Captain Akapusi Qera will win his 51st cap and become the second most capped player for Fiji, ahead of Seremaia Bai but still 20 caps behind Nicky Little’s 71.

Nadolo needs four tries to equal Fiji’s record for most tries held by Sanivalati Laulau who scored 20 between 1980 and 1985.

Team: Campese Ma’afu, Sunia Koto, Leroy Atalifo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (captain), Sakiusa Matadigo, Nemia Kenatale, Ben Volavola, Nemani Nadolo, Lepani Botia, Vereniki Goneva, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Kini Murimurivalu.

Replacements-Viliame Veikoso, Peni Ravai, Taniela Koroi, Tevita Cavubati, Netani Talei, Henry Seniloli, Josh Matavesi, Timoci Nagusa.

The match starts at 7am and you can watch it live on FBC TV and a live commentary will air on Bula FM and Radio Fiji One.