Leeroy Atalifo of Fiji (C) and team mates look on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
The subbing of Suva prop Leeroy Atalifo in the 75th minute of the match between Fiji and Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup at Milton Keyne has reiterated the success of the coaching staff in preparing a class team for the competition.
The records in the World Rugby shows 100 percent success in winning own scrums in the match against the South Americans which indicates Atalifo’s continuation of Manasa Saulo’s clean slate in the three matches before.
Fiji’s scrum has been impressive throughout their Rugby World Cup matches. Photo: WalesOnline
Suva tighthead prop Leeroy Atalifo has been named to start for the Flying Fijians to replace Manasa Saulo against Uruguay in their last Pool A clash on Wednesday morning at Milton Keynes in England.
The Fiji Warriors prop has been in the fringes of national selection for several years and his hard work and discipline will see him partner Campese Ma’afu to start in this important match for the Fijian side.
Giant Nemani Nadolo plays on the wing for Fiji. Photo: AFP
It is easy to write romantically about Fijian rugby; these mysterious yet smiling gods of the running game.
They are richly endowed with talent, and their games have all the excitement of the great underdog battles, with metaphors of the David versus Goliath not uncommon. Their small islands and rugby teams are draped in culture and tradition and are as ethereal in song as they are with ball in hand alike.