Fiji Rugby Head Coach John McKee has named a formidable Flying Fijians side for the final Pacific Series Test match against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.
McKee has made ten changes to its run-on side which defeated the Maori All Blacks 27-10 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium last weekend.
McKee said they expect a different and challenging match against the Maori All Blacks.
Former Fiji Under-20 rep Tevita Ratuva will partner up with Apisalome Ratuniyarawa in the locks while Fiji Airways Drua captain Mosese Voka will be on the flanks.
Henry Seniloli starts at half-back and Alivereti Veitokani shifts to fly-half position. Jale Vatubua and Patrick Osbourne return to boost the Flying Fijians fast pace backline.
McKee said it’s important to give all the players the game time ahead of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“It was always the intention across these two matches to give players in our squad opportunity and game time in the lead up to the PNC.”
The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians face Maori All Blacks at 7.35pm (NZ Time) at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday.
Maori All Blacks: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Otere Black, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Mitch Karpik, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Pari Pari Parkinson, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Ross Wright
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Haereiti Hetet, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Teihorangi Walden
Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Patrick Osbourne, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Alivereti Veitokani, 9 Henry Seniloli, 8 Nemani Nagusa, 7 Mosese Voka, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 4 Tevita Ratuva, 3 Lee-Roy Atalifo 2 Veremalua Vugakoto, 1 Campese Ma’afu
Replacements: 16 Samuel Matavesi, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Luke Tagi, 19 Albert Tuisue, 20 John Dyer, 21 Serupepeli Vularika, 22 Sevanaia Galala, 23 Josh Matavesi
Fiji Flying Fijians vs Maori All Blacks on Saturday, July 20
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: James Leckie (Australia)