7 Jun 2005

Fiji coach names side to take on All Blacks

9:32 am on 7 June 2005

The Fiji rugby coach, Wayne Pivac, has kept with the side that pushed the New Zealand Maori, for the one-off test against the All Blacks at North Harbour Stadium on Friday.

Despite a injury scare to flanker, Ifereimi Rawaqa, who has a bruised rib from the Maori game and hasn't trained in the past four sessions in Auckland - he was given the nod at number six.

Northland based winger, Isoa Neivua, joined the side in Auckland on Monday night replacing star winger, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, who didn't travel with the side to Auckland.

There's just one change to the bench with utility back, Joe Tora, bracketed with Epeli Ruivadra.

Pivac says he wants to maintain consistency in his team and believes they can do the job against the best side in world rugby.

He says he'll address the scrum and lineout areas.......he says the forwards need to be more aggressive during scrum time and have more variations in the lineouts on attack and defence times.