6 Oct 2015

Sport: Fiji name team for final World Cup clash

8:23 am on 6 October 2015

Fiji coach John McKee has made five changes to his team for Wednesday's final Rugby World Cup match against Uruguay in Milton Keynes.

Nemani Nadolo returns from suspension on the left wing, with Asaeli Tikoirotuma switching to the right and Timoci Nagusa, who played there against Wales, drops out of the match-day squad.

Nemani Nadolo

Nemani Nadolo Photo: AFP

Kini Murimurivalu comes in at full-back for Metuisela Talebula while in the forwards Apisalome Ratuniyarawa replaces Tevita Cavubati at lock and Sakiusa Matadigo is preferred to Netani Talei at number eight.

On the bench, Taniela Koroi could win his third cap after being called into the squad as an injury replacement last week.

It will be Fiji's oldest team at a Rugby World Cup for 12 years, with an average age of 29 years and 108 days.

Nadolo needs four tries to equal Fiji's record haul of 20 tries, held by Sanivalati Laulau.

The Flying Fijians are yet to earn a competition point following defeats against England, Australia and Wales.

John McKee says his team played well in all three matches but have not been consistent enough across 80 minutes to get a win.

He says the mood in the camp has remained positive despite their playoff hopes already being at an end.

Full Squad:

1. Campese Ma'afu

2. Sunia Koto

3. Leroy Atalifo

4. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa

5. Leone Nakarawa

6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu

7. Akapusi Qera (captain)

8. Sakiusa Matadigo

9. Nemia Kenatale

10. Ben Volavola

11. Nemani Nadolo

12. Lepani Botia

13. Vereniki Goneva

14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma

15. Kini Murimurivalu


16. Viliame Veikoso

17. Peni Ravai

18. Taniela Koroi

19. Tevita Cavubati

20. Netani Talei

21. Henry Seniloli

22. Josh Matavesi

23. Timoci Nagusa