Cape Town - Fiji head coach John McKee has named a formidable side for
their final game of a two-Test series against the Maori All Blacks on
With so much depth in the squad, McKee has made 10 changes
to his XV which beat the Maori All Blacks 27-10 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium
Veteran prop Campese Ma’afu makes his start for this season together
with Lee-Roy Atalifo and hooker Veremalua Vugakoto in the front-row.
Former Fiji U20 player Tevita Ratuva will partner up with Apisalome
Ratuniyarawa in the locks while Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Mosese Voka
will be on the flanks.
Henry Seniloli starts at halfback and Alivereti Veitokani shifts to
the flyhalf position. Jale Vatubua and Patrick Osbourne return to boost
the Flying Fijians backline.
Meanwhile, Maori All Blacks head coach Clayton McMillan has retained
faith in the playing 23 that played Fiji in Suva last week, despite a
disappointing 27-10 loss.
In addition to a few positional changes, the main switch in this
week’s team sees five of last week’s replacements pick up starting
positions in Rotorua this weekend.
Among them are loose forward Whetukamokamo Douglas and scrumhalf
Bryn Hall, who along with Alex Nankivell, Jordan Hyland and Pari Pari
Parkinson will all run on for the Maori All Blacks this week. They swap
with Akira Ioane, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Fletcher Smith and Teihorangi
Walden who join hooker Nathan Harris as critical impact players from the
Pouri Rakete-Stones has been bracketed alongside Haereiti Hetet.
Maori All Blacks
15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob
Thompson, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Otere Black, 9 Bryn
Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Mitch Karpik, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Pari
Pari Parkinson, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon (captain), 1 Ross
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Haereiti Hetet, 18 Marcel
Renata, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Te Toiroa
Tahuriorangi, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Teihorangi Walden
15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Patrick Osbourne, 13 Waisea
Nayacalevu, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Alivereti Veitokani, 9
Henry Seniloli, 8 Nemani Nagusa, 7 Mosese Voka, 6 Dominiko
Waqaniburotu, 5 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 4 Tevita Ratuva, 3 Lee-Roy
Atalifo 2 Veremalua Vugakoto, 1 Campese Ma’afu
Substitutes: 16 Samuel Matavesi, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Luke
Tagi, 19 Albert Tuisue, 20 John Dyer, 21 Serupepeli Vularika, 22
Sevanaia Galala, 23 Josh Matavesi