A powerful and experienced Flying Fijians side will open Fiji’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign against Australia at the Sapporo Dome this Saturday.

The established forward pack combination of Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi and Peni Ravai in the front row, Tevita Cavubati and Leone Nakarawa at locks, Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Peceli Yato on the flanks and Viliame Mata at number 8 will spearhead Fiji’s attack.

Frank Lomani and Ben Volavola will drive play for Fiji from the halves, supported by Kini Murimurivalu at full back, and a backline that is set to ignite.

Lepani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu in the centres will bring a strong ball carry and defensive game to the contest,  then the electrifying duo of Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova on the wings round out a fast paced, physical and dynamic Flying Fijians side to face the Wallabies.

Head Coach John McKee said the team has prepared well and there is a strong sense of belief that they are ready for the challenge ahead.

Saturday will also be a momentous occasion for World Cup debutants Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Tevita Ratuva, Mosese Voka and Alivereti Veitokani who will be ready to impact off the bench alongside Manasa Saulo, Nikola Matawalu and veteran Vereniki Goneva.

As the team move to Sapporo focus now switches to acclimatising to the environment and getting ready for game time.

The Flying Fijians face Australia at 4.45pm at the Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan on Saturday 21st September.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D Game One v Australia
Flying Fijians Team

  1. Campese Ma’afu
  2. Sam Matavesi
  3. Peni Ravai
  4. Tevita Cavubati
  5. Leone Nakarawa
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
  7. Peceli Yato
  8. Viliame Mata
  9. Frank Lomani
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Semi Radradra
  12. Levani Botia
  13. Waisea Nayacalevu
  14. Josua Tuisova
  15. Kini Murimurivalu


  1. Veremalua Vugakoto
  2. Eroni Mawi
  3. Manasa Saulo
  4. Tevita Ratuva
  5. Mosese Voka
  6. Nikola Matawalu
  7. Alivereti Veitokani
  8. Vereniki Goneva


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