Flying Fijians captain Waisea Nayacalevu and Semi Radradra will for the first time pair up in the midfield as Head Coach Simon Raiwalui named his match day 23-member squad for the match against England.

This is the first time in this campaign the duo will feature together forming one of the lethal midfield pairs in the Flying Fijians backline.

Raiwalui said “We have been rotating players and testing combinations so this is the right time to test these two experienced players this weekend. They are leaders in the team and also role models to our players and I’m confident that they will form the best combination on the day.”

Frank Lomani and Caleb Muntz combination at the halves continues while Selesitino Ravutaumada comes in at right wing and Vinaya Habosi is at left. Ilaisa Droasese starts at fullback.

In the front row, Eroni Mawi continues to impress the coaches with his form and gets another start at Loosehead Prop together with Sam Matavesi at hooker and Luke Tagi at Tighthead Prop.

Isoa Nasilasila and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta form the locks pair while Lekima Tagitagivalu returns on the flanks with Albert Tuisue. Viliame Mata is at number eight.

Raiwalui said they are playing a very quality team in a beautiful stadium and it’s the home of rugby in England so they are looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd and hope for a good performance.

“It’s another big physical battle and I think they will try and use their pack to the limit we have been working on ours and I think they will be very tactical with their kicking. It is going to be a different challenge this weekend” said Raiwalui.

Flying Fijians plays England at 2.15am FJT on Sunday.

Flying Fijians vs England match day 23-member squad is as follows:

Eroni Mawi
Sam Matavesi
Luke Tagi
Isoa Nasilasila
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidveta
Albert Tuisue
Lekima Tagitagivalu
Viliame Mata
Frank Lomani
Caleb Muntz
Vinaya Habosi
Semi Radradra
Waisea Nayacalevu {c}
Selesitino Ravutaumada
Ilaisa Droasese


Zuriel Togiatama
Jone Koroiduadua
Samu Tawake
Temo Mayanavanua
Vilive Miramira
Simione Kuruvoli
Teti Tela
Kalaveti Ravouvou