Fijian trio to face Spain

Fijian trio to face Spain

Edinburgh Rugby's trio of Fijian stars have all been selected for this Saturday's Test match against Spain in Madrid (6 November, kick-off 3pm).

The team - which is being led by incoming Assistant Attack and Skills Coach Gareth Baber - sees Mesu Kunavula named at openside flanker, with Bill Mata and Lee-Roy Atalifo both selected among the replacements.

The Flying Fijians coach, Baber said: “Initially it was challenging getting the players together with a group of coaches but in true Fijian fashion once the decision is made, everybody that’s involved is adding value to what we are doing and getting over the job.

“I have spent a lot of time in developing their games and I’m looking forward to seeing them achieve another milestone in their rugby career.

“We have got three test matches to play and all our focus is getting positive outcomes from each of those games.

"The staff has bonded well with the players and the players are showing a great level of maturity in the fact that obviously, we need to be disciplined with our behaviour around COVID-19 and the restrictions we have.

"The strength that we have is physical ball carriers, players who are going to gain line for us and big men who could win lineouts and create pressure in the game for the opposition.”

In-form loosehead prop, Eroni Mawi will pair up with Hooker Sam Matavesi and Tighthead prop Mesake Doge in the front row while Tevita Ratuva and Temo Mayanavanu are selected at locks.

Leone Nakarawa has moved to the flankers position and will partner with Mesulame Kunalavula.

In the backs, stylish half-back Nikola Matawalu returns to his usual number 9 position and will combine together with Ben Volavola who is at fly-half.

Tuimaba and Wainiqolo will provide speed on the wings while Waisea Nayacalveu and Vilimoni Botitu will control the match in the midfield. Setareki Tuicuvu will guide the team from the back.

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