Nadolo and Goneva start for Fiji

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Nemani Nadolo attacks against the Cook Islands earlier this year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Vereniki Goneva and Nemani Nadolo will line up in midfield for Fiji when they take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Head coach John McKee has made four changes in all to his backline, with Goneva and Nadolo joined in the starting lineup by Waisea Nayacalevu and Josh Matavesi.

Ospreys playmaker Matavesi will start at fly-half, while Stade Français star Nayacalevu comes onto the wing for Watisoni Votu, with Alipate Ratini also left out despite his try against France.

The introductions of Goneva, who missed the France game with a visa issue, and Nadolo, who has recovered from injury, mean a positional switch for Asaeli Tikoirotuma, who shifts onto the wing, but the pack is unchanged from the defeat to Les Bleus.

Wales have also named a strong team for this game, with the two sides having drawn 16-16 the last time they met in Cardiff back in 2010.

Fiji: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Nemani Nadolo, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Josh Matavesi, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Masi Matadigo, 7 Akapusi Qera (c), 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Ma’afu
Replacements: 16 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutwa, 18 Isei Colati, 19 Tevita Cavubati, 20 Malakai Ravulo, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Jonetani Ralulu, 23 Timoci Nagusa.

Date: Saturday, November 15
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kickoff: 14:30 local (GMT)
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa, Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Carlo Damasco (Italy)

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