Suva, FIJI – November 2, 2021: 11.45am (Nuku’alofa Times): Changes because of injuries and unavailability has been made to the Flying Fijians 28-member squad which has moved into the camp in Madrid to prepare for their opening Northern Tour match against Spain on Sunday.
The Fiji Rugby Union said on their statement today that robust center and Flying Fijians skipper against the All Blacks Levani Botia will undergo a knee operation this month hence won’t be part of the tour and has been replaced by Apisai Naqaliva.
Hooker Peni Narisia suffered a calf injury and will be replaced by Zuriel Togiatama while veteran Lock Api Ratuniyarawa has been called in as a replacement for Peceli Yato who suffered a knee injury during his club game for Clermont in French Top 14.
Johnny Dyer has also pulled out citing personal reasons and the Flying Fijians Coaching panel will decide whether to get a replacement for him or not.
Promising 20-year-old Hooker, Henry Spring of Stade Francais Paris Rugby Club has been brought into the squad for the Spain match as part of a development opportunity for one of our rising young talents.
Find below Flying Fijians 28-member extended squad for November Tour
Loose Head Prop
Zuriel Togiatama *
Henry Spring *
Tight Head Prop
Masivesi Dakuwaqa *
Vilimoni Botitu *
Aminiasi Tuimaba *
Jiuta Wainiqolo *
Key: * is for the debutants
Flying Fijians Test Matches:
7th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Spain
Venue: Estadio Central UC, Madrid
Kick Off: 2am
15th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Walies
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick Off: 4.15am
20th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Georgia
Kick Off: TBC