Preview : FIJI vs SAMOA (18th June 2016)

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Fiji chop and change for Samoa

Fiji head coach John McKee has named another strong line up to face Samoa team in their 2016 Pacific Nations Cup match in Suva on Saturday.

The side has several alterations as well as some positional switches.

In the back-line, Waisea Nayacalevu comes in on the right wing in place of Patrick Osborne, who moves to the other wing where he replaces Adriu Delai, while Henry Seniloli is preferred to Nemia Kenatale at scrum-half and Ben Volavola makes way for Seremaia Bai at fly-half.

Up front, Eremasi Radrodro starts at number eight in place of Nemia Soqeta while Naulia Dawai moves to the openside flank where he replaces Malakai Ravulo while Leone Nakarawa shifts to the blindside flank from lock.

This sees Api Ratuniyarawa coming into the second row in the final change.

This is Fiji’s second Pacific Nations Cup match after last weekend’s narrow victory over Tonga in Suva.

Pisi starts for Samoa

Samoa have named their side that will face off with Fiji in Suva as they look to get their Pacific Nations Cup campaign started with a win.

After drawing 19-19 with Georgia last week, Samoa will hope to make up the lost ground on the Fijians, who beat Tonga in their tournament opener.

In team news fly-half Tusi Pisi and blindside flanker Faifili Levave return to the starting line-up, the former taking the place of Patrick Fa’apale.

Former Sevens player Greg Foe makes his Test debut at openside flank while Sakaria Taulafo is named at loosehead alongside James Johnston.

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

fiji1zsamoa1Fiji (on 76.29 points) at home -vs- Samoa (on 68.68 points)
Possible Outcome Rating Point New FIJ New SAM Will SAM
Exchange Rating Rating overtake FIJ?
If FIJ win by 1-15 points 0.00 76.29 68.68 No
If FIJ win by more than 15 0.00 76.29 68.68 No
If result is a draw 1.00 75.29 69.68 No
If SAM win by 1-15 points 2.00 74.29 70.68 No
If SAM win by more than 15 3.00 73.29 71.68 No

The Teams :

Samoa: 15 Albert Nikoro, 14 Faatoina Autagavaia, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Faialaga Afamasaga, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Alafoti Faosiliva, 7 Greg Foe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Motu Matuu, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sam Aiono, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Jeff Lepa, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Pelefofoga Cowley, 22 Patrick Faapale, 23 Malu Falaniko

Fiji: 15 Samisoni Viriviri, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Eroni Vasiteri, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Seremaia Bai, 9 Henry Seniloli, 8 Eremasi Radrodro, 7 Naulia Dawai, 6 Leone Nakarawa, 5 Tevita Cavubati, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Leeroy Atalifo, 2 Sunia Koto (c), 1 Campese Maáfu
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Taniela Koroi, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Mosese Voka, 21 Serupepeli Vularika, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Benito Masilevu.

Samoa: 15 Albert Nikoro, 14 Faatoina Autagavaia, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Faialaga Afamasaga, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Alafoti Faosiliva, 7 Greg Foe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Motu Matuu, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sam Aiono, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Jeff Lepa, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Pelefofoga Cowley, 22 Patrick Faapale, 23 Malu Falaniko

Date: Saturday, June 18
Venue: ANZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 15:00 local (03:00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle (England), James Leckie (Australia)

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