7 Nov 2014

Sport: Fiji rugby boosted by recovery of Nadolo

12:33 pm on 7 November 2014

Nemani Nadolo will make an unexpected appearance off the bench for a powerful Fiji side named to take on France in this weekend's rugby test.

Flying Fijians coach John McKee says that they have selected the strongest team possible and the players understand the challenge ahead.

The pack is boosted by the addition of Masi Matadigo who has been in good form for Lyon and Lepani Botia comes in at inside centre.

Nadolo, who plays for Super Rugby for the Crusaders, was expected to be unavailable because of injury but has recovered enough to attempt to make an impact from the reserves.

The line up also sees Akapusi Qera leading the pack from the open side flanker position alongside Dominiko Waqaniburotu at blindside.

Fiji lineup: Campese Ma'afu, Sunia Koto, Manasa Saulo, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (c), Masi Matadigo, Nikola Matawalu, Jonetani Ralulu, Alipate Ratini, Lepani Botia, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Watisoni Votu, Metusela Talebula. Replacements: Viliame Veikoso, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Isei Colati, Nemia Soqeta, Malakai Ravulo, Henry Seniloli, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa.

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo Photo: PHOTOSPORT