29th November 2023

Former Wallabies assistant coach Simon Raiwalui has unveiled a harmful Fiji squad headlined by Semi Radradra for the Rugby World Cup in France.

Ex-NRL star Radradra was top-of-the-line gamers on the 2019 World Cup and he has much more high quality round him 4 years on.

Fiji’s enhancing depth meant Raiwalui couldn’t discover room for nicely carried out backs Seta Tamanivalu, Ben Volavola and Vilimoni Botitu amongst his group of 33 that can meet Australia, Wales, Georgia and Portugal in Pool C.

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Australia and Wales are the favourites to progress to the quarter-finals however Fiji are an enormous menace who’ve improved to 10th on the earth rankings after current scorching kind.

Australia and Wales are ranked eighth and ninth respectively whereas Fiji are recent from successful the Pacific Nations Cup, crushing Japan 35-12 in Tokyo final weekend.

Waisea Nayacalevu will captain Fiji, who will play France and England in warmup video games this month.

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Semi Radradra of Fiji is tackled by Wallabies gamers in 2019. (Getty)

Jone Koroiduadua is the one uncapped participant named within the squad.

“We have had an incredible build-up,” Raiwalui stated.

“We received to attempt totally different combos in opposition to Tonga, Samoa and Japan and had been in a position to come away with victories.

Australia coach Michael Cheika with forwards coach Simon Raiwalui. (Sportsfile by way of Getty Photographs)

“We have now been good in patches and performed nicely. Our health has come a good distance, however we nonetheless have not put a recreation collectively for the total 80 minutes.

“Now now we have large challenges in opposition to France and England. We have taken it one problem at a time, so subsequent up is a really, excellent French crew.”

Raiwalui was the Wallabies forwards coach beneath Michael Cheika on the 2019 World Cup.

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“We have now had an excellent journey for the final 5 weeks, ranging from Taveuni. I could not be extra happy with the gamers and the enter that they had in all our three Take a look at matches,” Raiwalui stated.

Eddie Jones will identify the Wallabies squad for the World Cup on Thursday evening, with stay protection and evaluation completely on Stan Sport.


Forwards: Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Jone Koroiduadua, Mesake Doge, Luke Tagi, Samu Tawake, Tevita Ikanivere, Sam Matavesi, Zuriel Togiatama, Isoa Nasilasila, Temo Mayanavanua, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Albert Tuisue, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Levani Botia, Vilive Miramira, Meli Derenalagi, Viliame Mata.

Backs: Frank Lomani, Simi Kuruvoli, Peni Matawalu, Caleb Muntz, Teti Tela, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra, Waisea Nayacalevu, Iosefo Masi, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Vinaya Habosi, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Sireli Maqala, Ilaisa Droasese.

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