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Exciting Fiji team named to continue their good run of form

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 17: Josua Tuisova of Fiji scores his team's first try during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Australia and Fiji at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on September 17, 2023 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Fiji’s head coach, Simon Raiwalui, has announced the squad to face Georgia in Pool C at Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday, 30 September.

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Raiwalui has made one change to the starting XV, with Selesitino Ravutaumada taking the wing, replacing Jiuta Wainiqolo.

Nine players from the squad featured in the 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 scored one of Fiji’s tries in that match.

Josua Tuisova recorded the most carries for Fiji against Australia, with ten carries for 123 meters and five defenders beaten.

Fixture
Rugby World Cup
Fiji
17 - 12
Full-time
Georgia
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Semi Radradra, who scored two tries against Georgia in RWC 2019, has recorded the second-most carries and defenders beaten for Fiji in RWC 2023, while Levani Botia has a perfect tackle record, completing all 13 attempts.

If utilized, Samu Tawake will make his Rugby World Cup debut, marking his fourth test appearance.

FIJI TEAM TO FACE GEORGIA IN BORDEAUX

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

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

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