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Phone box sidestep

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, November 10, 2012

THEY may be highly favoured over the Flying Fijians, but there is one player the English will be keeping their eyes on in the Test match this Sunday at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Vereniki Goneva has been rated highly by his Leicester Tigers club mate Thomas Waldrom, the man Goneva will be facing this weekend.

The 28-year-old Nagado man will be also up against other club mates in Dan Cole, Toby Flood, Geoff Parling, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Youngs, who all start for England, while Ben Youngs is on the bench.

According to a report on the Tigers website Waldrom has warned England to make sure Goneva is not allowed any space at Twickenham.

"I know what he can bring," says Waldrom, who starts at number eight for England. "He can sidestep in a phone box and you just have to be on your toes. You can't afford to give him that space."

Winger Goneva, who joined the club earlier this year after a stint in France, has been rated highly in the Aviva Premiership.

He was voted the Player of the Month for September by Tigers fans.

The former Nadi player is excited to play his first 15s match at Twickenham and is ready to put his body on the line against his fellow club mates.

"I am really looking forward to it because I know I will play against some of my team-mates from Leicester, people like Floody and Manu, so I am really excited about it," Goneva told leicester.com.

"It's nice because we know each other, but it is a game you want to win and you have to go out there and play.

"I have not played 15-a-side at Twickenham before, only sevens in the World Series with Fiji. I think it will be a lot different playing a 15-a-side Test match with a big crowd as well.

"I love playing for my country. England is a big team. For me, to play for my country against England for the first time at Twickenham, it will fulfil a dream."

Fiji will play England at 3.30am.