Manu named Fijian captain for France

Deacon Tehanakore Manu was on Wednesday named Fijian captain for the one-off test match with France on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Llanelli Scarlets prop will be captaining the side for the second time in five test appearances – he replaces regular skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who is out because of a knee injury.

Fiji coach Sam Domoni, however, said he was delaying naming the team until Friday because heavy rain in the region has disrupted their training schedule.

However, he was in no doubt about the quality of his captain.

“I have chosen someone who thrives under pressure. It was as important to designate someone who could be captain both on and off the pitch,” said Domoni.

Manu for his part said he would not be going it alone as captain.

“There are a lot more experienced players in the squad than me who I can rely on,” he said.

“And there are also the younger players who are up for the test.”

Fiji have fond memories of Nantes from the 2007 World Cup where they inflicted a thrilling 38-34 defeat on Wales to earn themselves a place in the quarter-finals where they lost to eventual champions South Africa.

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