Fiji make six changes in World Cup for Wales

Ben Volavola will play for the Crusaders in 2016

Fiji coach John McKee has named a team with six changes for their must win Rugby World Cup clash against Wales on Thursday

Fiji have lost both of their matches so far and will be without star winger Nemani Nadolo who has been suspended for the match and the changes are mainly due to injuries and suspensions.

McKee has chosen to field the most experienced Fiji XV at a Rugby World Cup and the 392 caps in the starting XV is one more than they fielded in their opening match against England.

Newly called-up wing Timoci Nagusa, the top scorer in the 2015/2016 Top 14 competition in France with four tries in four matches, comes straight in at right-wing in place of the injured Waisea Nayacalevu.

Captain Akapusi Qera will be the third player to win 50 caps for Fiji, following Nicky Little (71) and Seremaia Bai (50).

Qera and hooker Sunia Koto will both play against Wales for a record fifth time, equalling Seremaia Bai’s mark.

Loosehead prop Campese Ma’afu was red-carded (after being shown a second yellow) the last time these teams met.

Fiji lost that match 17-13 at the Millennium Stadium last November.

Fiji

1. Campese Ma’afu , 2. Sunia Koto , 3. Manasa Saulo , 4. Tevita Cavubati , 5. Leone Nakarawa , 6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu , 7. Akapusi Qera (Captain) , 8. Netani Talei , 9. Nemia Kenatale , 10. Ben Volavola , 11. Aseli Tikoirotuma , 12. Lepani Botia , 13. Vereniki Goneva , 14. Timoci Nagusa , 15. Metuisela Talebula

Replacements:16. Viliame Veikoso , , 17. Peni Ravia , 18. Leeroy Atalifo , 19. Nemia Soqeta , 20. Malakai Ravulo , 21. Henry Seniloli , 22. Joshua Matavesi , 23. Kini Murimurivalu

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