McKee names powerful and experienced Flying Fijians side to take on Tonga

Flying Fijians Head Coach, John McKee has named an experienced and powerful line up for their first match against Tonga in the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup, at the Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku'alofa on Saturday.

McKee has stressed how important this match would be for them and that they are expecting a very physical encounter with Tonga.

He says this match against Tonga is very important for them in terms of their Rugby World Cup qualification and to achieve their goal of finishing as Oceania No 1.

McKee says Tonga played very well in winning against Samoa last week which will give them a lot of confidence coming into this match and they will backed by a very loud local crowd.

He adds that Fiji will need to be absolutely on top of their game and not distracted by the crowd.

Fiji Village reports McKee says that the team needed to focus on their performance both collectively as a team and individually.

Flying Fijians against Tonga

Campese Maáfu, Sunia Koto, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera ©, Nemani Nagusa, Serupepeli Vularika, Ben Volavola, Patrick Osborne, Jale Vatubua, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Josua Tuisova, Timoci Nagusa.

Reserves: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Peni Ravai, Kalivati Tawake, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Viliame Mata, Henry Seniloli, Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians Coach says that they will draw confidence from their success against Italy and Scotland but those wins count for nothing in terms of RWC Qualification.

The team received a warm welcome upon their arrival into Tonga not only from the Fijian community but the locals as well. 

McKee said that it has been a good experience for many of the players who are in Tonga for the first time.

The Flying Fijians will take on Tonga at 2pm Saturday at Teufaiva Stadium.