FRANCE-based Sakuisa Matadigo will replace injured Jone Qovu in the Flying Fijians team for the northern hemisphere tour next month.
And New Zealand-based scrumhalf Nemia Kenatale is in doubt after being injured yesterday.
Head coach Inoke Male said Qovu ruled himself out of the tour because of injuries he sustained while playing for Racing Metro in the French Top 14 competition.
Male said they could not replace Qovu with a non-travelling reserve because they needed an experienced player to fill the void left by the big number eight.
"He (Qovu) was injured early in the season and he called us to inform that he wanted to pull out," Male said.
"We have to get a person who regularly plays number eight to fill in that position."
Team manager Aseri Rokoura confirmed to Times Sport last night of Matadigo's inclusion. Rokoura also said they were awaiting a medical report from the doctors on Kenatale's injury before finalising his replacement.
Male said they were happy with the progress made by the players who have joined the team and hoped the consistency is maintained when they meet the Europe-based players next week.
The former Flying Fijian will have less than a week to work out a formidable combination for the opening clash against England on November 11.
"The players from Europe will join us five days before the match and that is not enough time to prepare for the clash against England," Male said.
Meanwhile, Male confirmed the battle for the captain's armband was between Deacon Manu and Setefano Somoca.
He said they were the most experienced players in the squad and possessed good leadership qualities.
"We are going there for win. We will be playing to improve our rankings and at the same time expose the new players."
The team departs for England on November 2.