Ravutaumada starts on the wing - Fiji name team to play Georgia

Ravutaumada starts on the wing - Fiji name team to play Georgia

Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui has named his match-day 23 to play Georgia in Pool C on Saturday, 30 September, his one change to his starting 15 being Selesitino Ravutaumada in on the wing for Jiuta Wainiqolo. 

1 Eroni Mawi
2 Samuel Matavesi
3 Luke Tagi
4 Isoa Nasilasila
5 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta
6 Lekima Tagitagivalu
7 Levani Botia
8 Viliame Mata
9 Simione Kuruvoli
10 Teti Tela
11 Semi Radradra
12 Josua Tuisova
13 Waisea Nayacalevu (c)
14 Selesitino Ravutaumada
15 Ilaisa Droasese

16 Tevita Ikanivere
17 Peni Ravai
18 Samu Tawake
19 Temo Mayanavanua
20 Albert Tuisue
21 Frank Lomani
22 Vilimoni Botitu
23 Vinaya Habosi

  • There are nine survivors in the match-day 23 from their 15-15 draw against Georgia in 2021: Eroni Mawi, Sam Matavesi, Peni Ravai, Viliame Mata, Frank Lomani, Vilimoni Botitu, Josua Tuisova, Albert Tuisue and captain Waisea Nayacalevu. Viliame Mata was one of two try-scorers for Fiji that day. 
  • Josua Tuisova made a team-high 10 carries for 123 metres, and five defenders beaten against Australia. 
  • Semi Radradra scored two tries against Georgia at RWC 2019. He has made the second-most dominant carries (12) and beat the second-most defenders (8) for Fiji at RWC 2023. On defence he has forced a breakdown turnover from all four defensive rucks hit, winning two jackals and forcing two penalties. 
  • Levani Botia has not missed a tackle at RWC 2023, completing all 13 attempts. He has hit the most defensive rucks for Fiji (12), winning one jackal and one penalty at the breakdown. 
  • Vilimoni Botitu won Olympic gold with Fiji sevens team at Tokyo 2020, before making his test debut four months later against Spain. 
  • If used off the bench, Samu Tawake will make his Rugby World Cup debut in only his fourth test appearance. 

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