Mataele In As Radradra Misses Fiji's All Blacks Tests
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Tue 15th June 2021 | 01:23 PM
Fiji will be without try-scoring machine Semi Radradra when they face the All Blacks next month, with coach Vern Cotter choosing to blood Canterbury Crusaders breakout star Manasa Mataele in his absence
Suva, Fiji, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jun, 2021 ) :Fiji will be without try-scoring machine Semi Radradra when they face the All Blacks next month, with coach Vern Cotter choosing to blood Canterbury Crusaders breakout star Manasa Mataele in his absence.
Queensland Reds halfback Mosese Sorovi, an integral part of the side that claimed the Super Rugby AU title, was also among the new faces in the squad, along with the France-based trio Peniami Narisia, Vilimoni Botitu and Eneriko Buliruarua.
Centre Levani Botia will captain the squad.
Cotter said he had kept the core of the group that contested the Autumn Nations Cup and capped a coronavirus-interrupted campaign with a morale-boosting 38-24 win over Georgia.
He said players would have to follow individual training programs while in quarantine because they needed to hit the ground running once they were released.
"We will be assessing everybody individually to see how they feel," he said.
"Are they prepared to play the All Blacks in the first Test match or are they best to play in the second? We will make choices from there." With preparation time limited, Cotter said the emphasis was on "keeping things simple and being together".
Fiji Backs: Frank Lomani, Mosese Sorovi, Simione Kuruvoli, Ben Volavola, Teti Tela, Levani Botia (c}, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Eneriko Buliruarua, Onisi Ratave, Nemani Nadolo, Vinaya Habosi, Manasa Mataele, Eroni Sau, Seta Tuicuvu, Kini Murimurivalu.
Forwards: Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Haereiti Hetet, Sam Matavesi, Peniami Narisia, Mesulame Dolokoto, Luke Tagi, Mesake Doge, Leeroy Atalifo, Tevita Ratuva, Temo Mayanavanua, Leone Nakarawa, Albert Tuisue, Mesulame Kunavula, Kitione Kamikamica, John Dyer, Peceli Yato.