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Leicester Tigers back Goneva seeking landmark try for Fiji

Leicester Tiger Vereniki Goneva will be out to break his own Rugby World Cup try-scoring record for Fiji as one of four Aviva Premiership Rugby players selected in the Pacific Islanders’ squad to face England on Friday night.

Goneva, who will line up at outside centre, has scored four Rugby World Cup tries to date, level with the retired Viliame Satala – and he could prove a huge threat for England.
 
Indeed, Goneva has crossed 24 times in 49 Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances to date and only Saracens winger Chris Ashton has more league tries than him over the past two seasons.
 
Nikola Matawalu will touch down at Bath Rugby after the World Cup following his move from Glasgow Warriors, and he’s been given the nod at scrum-half after recovering from a groin injury.
 
Among the replacements is wing Aseli Tikoirotuma, who swapped Harlequins for London Irish over the summer and lock Tevita Cavubati – who signed for Worcester Warriors this morning.

Former Gloucester Rugby favourite Akapusi Qera will captain the team from openside flanker.

“Through our preparation and pre-tournament games Nikola has proved himself to be our best half-back,” said Fiji coach John McKee.

“Half-back’s a critical position of our gameplan and Nikola provides good service for our back line but can also be a dangerous player if he gets the opportunity.

“We know to be successful on Friday we have to go the full 80. It won’t be won in 40, 60 or 70 minutes.

“The intensity of test match rugby at the highest level means you need to play from the start, you need to be on your game at the start and you need to be on your game in the 80th minute.”

15. Metuisela Talebula
14. Waisea Nayacalevu
13. Vereniki Goneva
12. Gabiriele Lovobalavu
11. Nemani Nadolo
10. Ben Volavola
9. Nikola Matawalu
1. Campese Ma’afu
2. Sunia Koto
3. Manasa Saulo
4. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa
5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
7. Akapusi Qera  (captain)
8. Sakiusa Masi Matadigo 

Replacements
16. Tuapati Talemaitoga
17. Peni Ravai
18. Isei Colati
19. Tevita Cavubati
20. Peceli Yato
21. Nemia Kenatale
22. Joshua Matavesi
23. Aseli Tikoirotuma
 

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