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Tuala and Ratuniyarawa go toe-to-toe in Pacific Nations Cup

Api Ratuniyarawa and Ahsee Tuala have both been named in the Fiji and Samoa starting line-ups respectively for the clash between the island nations this Saturday.

The World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup kicks off this weekend for the Northampton Saints pair with their countries meeting at ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

Ratuniyarawa, who was named Breakthrough Player of the Season in 2017/18 for the men in Black, Green and Gold – is selected in the second row for the Flying Fijiians alongside European Player of the Year Leone Nakarawa.

And Tuala will wear the No.15 jersey for Samoa after scoring seven tries in 27 appearances for Northampton last season.

“The boys have really gelled together across the last couple of weeks," said Fiji head coach John McKee.

"Our Fijian fans have the opportunity to witness some truly world-class players in action this weekend."

John McKee (Fiji head coach)

“With the quality work they’ve put onto the training pitch, it’s important we now see that transferred into a strong matchday performance.

“We’ve got the ability to play both a direct and expansive game. Our Fijian fans have the opportunity to witness some truly world-class players in action this weekend.”

“For the short amount of time we’ve been together, the boys have been working really hard to form combinations and set new structures for the gameplan against Fiji,” said Samoa captain Chris Vui.

“They have a dangerous pack but we're up for the challenge. The gameplan is really simple due to the time together, but we have a big defensive mindset to stop the Fijians offloading and stopping them early before they get their heads up and momentum with the ball.”

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