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Sam Matavesi and Temo Mayanavanua will represent Fiji
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Sam Matavesi and Temo Mayanavanua will represent Fiji
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Matavesi and Mayanavanua selected for Fiji against Wales

Northampton Saints duo Sam Matavesi and Temo Mayanavanua have both been selected in Fiji’s matchday 23 for their Rugby World Cup opener against Wales.

Hooker Matavesi, 31, starts the clash in Bordeaux on Sunday evening (kick-off 8pm BST) to earn his 27th international cap, while Mayanavanua – who joins Saints after the tournament from Lyon – will be looking to make an impact in the second row if he enters the action from amongst the replacements.

Simon Raiwalui’s side begin their campaign against Wales before facing Australia, Georgia and Portugal as they bid to reach the knock-out stages for the first time since 2007.

FIJI TEAM TO FACE WALES
Rugby World Cup, Pool C
Sunday 10 September 2023
Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 8pm (BST)

15 Ilaisa Droasese
14 Selesitino Ravutaumada
13 Waisea Nayacalevu (c)
12 Semi Radradra
11 Vinaya Habosi
10 Teti Tela
9 Frank Lomani

1 Eroni Mawi
2 Sam Matavesi (Northampton Saints)
3 Luke Tagi
4 Isoa Nasilasila
5 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta
6 Albert Tuisue
7 Lekima Tagitagivalu
8 Viliame Mata

Replacements:
16 Tevita Ikanivere
17 Peni Ravai
18 Mesake Doge
19 Temo Mayanavanua (Northampton Saints)
20 Levani Botia
21 Simione Kuruvoli
22 Josua Tuisova
23 Sireli Maqala

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