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Fiji’s Semi Radradra Takes the Helm as Captain Against Samoa

Posted on the 29 July 2023 by Makably

As the Pacific Nations Cup approaches, Fiji Water Flying Fijians coach Simon Raiwalui has made crucial decisions in preparation for the face-off against Samoa. Centre Semi Radradra has been chosen as the captain, leading a squad that boasts five new caps in the starting XV. Meli Derenalagi, Vilive Miramira, Iosefo Masi, and Ilaisa Droasese will all make their debuts alongside the talented Joseva Tamani, who is set to impress coming off the bench. On the opposing side, Samoa welcomes former All Black Steve Luatua, a significant addition to their powerful back row, along with experienced players Jack Lam and Fritz Lee, who will captain the team.

Samoa’s ex-Wallaby, Christian Leali’afano, maintains his position at No. 10 following his remarkable kicking performance against Japan. Meanwhile, potential first caps await ex-USA front-row forward Titi Lamositele and hooker Sama Malolo, adding to the excitement of the upcoming clash.

Radradra eagerly anticipates leading his country and expresses gratitude for the coaching staff’s trust in him. The young and experienced players are poised to showcase their talent, having diligently prepared for the challenging Pacific Islanders team. Radradra, who has prior experience with Iosefo Masi in 7s, looks forward to playing alongside his teammates, making his dream of leading the team a reality.

With a new front row consisting of Eroni Mawi, Tevita Ikanivere, and Luke Tagi, and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta partnering with Isoa Nasilasila in the lock position, Fiji Water Flying Fijians are ready to give their best on the field. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter in the Pacific Nations Cup as both teams strive to claim victory in a highly anticipated showdown.

1. Eroni Mawi
2. Tevita Ikanivere
3. Luke Tagi
4. Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta
5. Isoa Nasilasila
6. Meli Derenalagi *
7. Vilive Miramira *
8. Viliame Mata
9. Simione Kuruvoli
10. Caleb Muntz
11. Kalaveti Ravouvou
12. Semi Radradra {c}
13. Iosefo Masi *
14. Selestino Ravutaumada
15. Ilaisa Droasese*

16. Zuriel Togiatama
17. Peni Ravai
18. Samu Tawake
19. Joseva Tamani*
20. Kitione Kamikamica
21. Peni Matawalu
22. Vilimoni Botitu
23. Josua Tuisova

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