Volavola pick means all out attack

Coach John McKee names the Fiji team to take on England in the RWC opener at the Oatlands park Hotel in London. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Coach John McKee names the Fiji team to take on England in the RWC opener at the Oatlands park Hotel in London. Photo: Fiji Rugby

The naming of Ben Volavola as flyhalf by head coach John McKee against England in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2015 means Fiji will be looking at an all out attacking game.

Volavola who looks more fragile on defence looks good on attack with deft handling and kicking skills to complement the hard running centres Gabriele Lovobalavu and Vereniki Goneva.

Joining in the attacks will be fullback Metuisela Talebula who is lethal joining the centres with his abilities in scything through defences to open up running lines for the wings.
Joshua Matavesi, who played a strong defensive flyhalf game in the warm up against Canada was named on the bench but will be used as an impact player either at playmaker or the centres where he naturally plays for Ospreys in the Guiness Pro 12 competition.
Flamboyant halfback Nikola Matawalu will be an added dimension to the running game Fiji enjoys and will challenge the English with every opportunity of possession.

With more stability of the Fijian set piece Fiji will be able to gain more possession of the ball which has been sadly amiss in most of Fiji’s internationals before McKee took over in May last year.

The vulnerability has been addressed with Fiji’s backs putting more on display with cleaner balls coming from the set pieces with the forwards laying a better platform to work with.

McKee who made the announcement from their base at the Oatlands Park Hotel in London said he was pleased to name the team for the opener against England.

“We have come through a very good preparation phase and are ready to move into the competition,” he said.

“All our players are fit and available for selection.

“England is a very strong team team and will be a difficult opponent at Twickenham. We are looking forward to the challenge of this opening game.

“Our players have trained and played well throughout our preparation and must now step up to the high level and intensity we expect on Friday evening.”

Team: Campese Ma’afu, Sunia Koto, Manasa Saulo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (Captain), Sakiusa Masi Matadigo, Nikola Matawalu, Ben Volavola, Nemani Nadolo, Gabiriele Lovobalavu, Vereniki Goneva, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula. Reserves: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Peni Ravai, Isei Colati, Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Nemia Kenatale, Joshua Matavesi, Aseli Tikoirotuma.

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