13 Nov 2014

Sport: Flying Fijians make 5 changes for Wales

12:40 pm on 13 November 2014

The Flying Fijians have made five changes to the starting line-up from their loss to France for the rugby test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.

Lepani Botia has been replaced by regular Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo at second five, while Leicester Tigers player Vereniki Goneva, who just joined the squad after having visa issues, will start at centre.

Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi returns from injury and replaces Jonetani Ralulu at first five eight, with Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Waisale Nayacalevu named on the wings replacing Watisoni Votu and Alipate Ratini.

Two new inclusions on the bench are Tuapati Talemaitoga and Tasman forward Tevita Cavubati.

Coach John McKee says Botia and Ratini were unable to travel with the team to Wales due to family commitments.

But Mckee says the return of Goneva and Nadolo to the starting line-up adds strength and experience to the backline.

The match will be played on the 50th anniversary since the of the first meeting between the two nations in 1964 at then Cardiff Arms Park in front of more than 60,000 people.

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo Photo: PHOTOSPORT