FLYING Fijians head coach Inoke Male says the ability of the national players to play multiple positions will help them overcome injury woes during the northern hemisphere tour.
The national side is riddled with injuries prompting the team management to make three changes so far for the tour next month.
Josaia Lotawa's dream debut has become a nightmare after the Suva inside centre got injured during training last week, putting him out of the tour.
Male said Lotawa failed to pass the medical test on Sunday and would be replaced by England-based Sireli Naqelevuki.
New Zealand-based Nemia Kenatale was ruled out over the weekend and will be replaced by Aisea Natoga, who was named in the non-travelling reserves.
Last week, France-based Jone Qovu ruled himself out and replaced with Sakuisa Matadigo.
Male said debutante Samu Wara would cover-up at half back along with Nikola Matawalu and Kelemedi Bola following the exclusion of Kenatale.
"We have a lot of utility players and we are trying different options with them."
Male said the Australia and New Zealand-based players had joined the camp except for Talemaitoga Tuapati, who had his visa approved yesterday.
Male said they were happy with the progress made by the players on the new scrum law.
He said referee James Bolabiu was working with their scrum coach Cameron Blades to teach the players the new variations in scrum.
"Some of these players have been following the new laws in New Zealand during the ITM Cup and it's only the local players who will play the new law for the first time."
Meanwhile, Male is expected to name the captain today.
Setefano Somoca and Deacon Manu are the two in line for the role.