Semi Radradra to Lead Fiji Against Samoa in Captaincy Role
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Semi Radradra to Lead Fiji Against Samoa in Captaincy Role

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In an eagerly anticipated match-up against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday, Fiji Water Flying Fijians coach Simon Raiwalui has made significant decisions regarding the team’s lineup. Centre Semi Radradra has been entrusted with the captaincy, leading the squad with a blend of experience and fresh talent. Five new caps have been named in the starting XV, including Meli Derenalagi, Vilive Miramira, Iosefo Masi, and Ilaisa Droasese, adding to the excitement surrounding the team. Additionally, the promising young talent of Joseva Tamani is set to make his debut off the bench.

Samoa, equally determined to make their mark, has selected ex-All Black Steve Luatua in the No. 6 position, bolstering the formidable back row that includes seasoned players Jack Lam and Fritz Lee, who will captain the team.

Christian Leali’afano, the former Wallaby, retains the No. 10 shirt for Samoa following his impressive match-winning performance against Japan. On the bench, ex-USA front-row forward Titi Lamositele and hooker Sama Malolo are on the brink of earning their first caps.

Expressing his enthusiasm for leading his country, Radradra spoke about the honor and privilege bestowed upon him by the coaching staff. He eagerly looks forward to playing alongside both the young and experienced players, acknowledging the opportunity for them to prove their worth in the Flying Fijians’ jersey. While acknowledging the challenges posed by the Pacific Islanders team, Fiji Water Flying Fijians have diligently prepared for the upcoming clash against Samoa.

The team will see a new front row in Eroni Mawi, Tevita Ikanivere, and Luke Tagi. Furthermore, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, who made an impressive debut off the bench in their recent victory against Tonga, will partner with Isoa Nasilasila in the lock position.

The stage is set for an enthralling battle on Saturday in Apia, as both teams aim to showcase their skills and determination in the Pacific Nations Cup.

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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