FORMER national sevens skipper Levani Botia is among five new faces in the Flying Fijians squad to make a tough four-match tour of the Northern Hemisphere in November.
Botia and another new player Alex Rokobaro have been named at second-five as national coach Inoke Male looks for someone to fill the space left by men like Seru Rabeni and Vulivuli.
Melbourne Rebels utility back Rokobaro played fly-half for Fiji at the 2008 Junior World Cup and helped beat Tonga 25-10. After relocating to Sydney, Rokobaro helped Sydney University win the Colts Premiership in 2009.
In 2011-12 he played for French club Stade Francais and scored 32 points in 10 appearances. Rokobaro was drafted into the Waratahs Academy in 2010. In 2011 he played as an outside back for the Rebels development team.
After his time in France, he returned down under to sign with the Rebels for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
He made his Rebels debut in February 2013, against the Brumbies replacing injured James O'Connor at wing.
Second-five is like a front rower in the backline as all the opposition attacks live and die according to the strength of the opposition midfield.
A second-five, like the fullback, is expected to be the best tackler in the backline like Ma'a Nonu does for the All Blacks.
Not only to tackle a player to the ground but to stop-tackle a whole attacking movement as it gains momentum and gives time for his teammates to regroup.
So to have the flanker's ability to turnover possession in tackle ball situations is a bonus.
It is at midfield that attacking teams hit top acceleration and running straight at the tackler, a short cut to the tryline. So a fearless front-on tackler in a team at second-five is a valuable asset.
Most team attacks are spearheaded through midfield and from second phase they will decide to go left or right.
In attack, the second-five is like an anchor and a second-five who can also create openings with his footwork and has the ability to pass the ball while wrapped up in a tackle is a matchwinner.
Botia and Rokobaro will have to prove to coach Male their capabilities in this position as it is from where their future will lie.
Male has named three halfbacks in Seniloli, Kenatale and Nikola Matawalu.
Matawalu is a utility back who has all the attributes of a good second-five but he is not a specialist and both centres Vereniki Goneva and Nemani Nadolo have played in the position for Fiji.
Also veteran Seremaia Bai is another second-five eighth and has played many times in that position.
He is an example of a perfect second-five eighth as he has kicking abilities but age is catching up and younger players are needed to be blooded in.
In the recent weeks we have witnessed a high standard of first-five eighth kicking abilities in the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge but none of second-fives.
The box kicking by Seniloli, James Vuli, Luveniyali and last week by Nadroga's Jonetani Ralulu and later by replacement Jiuta Lutumailagi was perfected by New Zealand second-fives.
In a backline defensive position in set play the winger drops behind to await the opposition first-five kick and runs up to join the line when the first-five passes.
The All Blacks coaches then beat this defensive pattern by giving the kicking duties to the second-five.
The opposition winger has to run forward when the fly-half passes as miss-out passes can catch him out of position giving space for the attacking three-quarters.
The second-five would drop the ball behind this open space leading to some famous victories.
Flanker Nagusa is the second of the national sevens team to be named but he is not a first timer.
He is a tough customer and physically dominates his tacklers and was known in the New Zealand club he played for last year as the "Beast'.
Nadroga prop Peni Ravai is another new player that could become a valuable utility player and he is the third national sevens player in the team.
He played second-five in his younger days and now plays prop.
He made the national sevens team playing in the Las Vegas sevens last year.
He stands out in loose play as he did against Tailevu for Nadroga last Saturday and in open territory he has time and again left defending wingers for dead with a race to the tryline.
Tailevu halfback Seniloli is the fourth former sevens player making the cut. He is a passing, kicking halfback and with a bit more upper-body strength can develop his running game to break through tight situations around the rucks and scrums.
Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma brings with him tons of experience from Super 15 rugby and he has fantastic speed that will strengthen our attacks.
The success of our 2007 Rugby World Cup team came about because we had finishers such as Sireli Bobo and Filimoni Delasau, who had blistering speed and made breaks through the tight defences of Wales and South Africa.
Tikoirotuma fits into this mould and we should expect some exciting Fijian rugby in November.
Our rugby standing and reputation internationally will depend on this tour as both Romania and Italy have beaten our teams before.
And it is important that our Flying Fijians win over all three Test matches.
We have an experienced team who beat the Classic All Blacks here this year and new and exciting talents from sevens out to further their career in the full code.
Props - Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Campese Ma'afu, Setefano Somoca, Manasa Saulo, Peni Ravai. Hookers - Vili Veikoso, Seremaia Naureure. Locks - Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Wame Lewaravu, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Api Naikatini.Loose forwards - Nemani Nagusa, Malakai Ravulo, Netani Talei, Sakiusa Matadigo, Akapusi Qera. Halbacks - Nikola Matawalu, Nemia Kenatale, Henry Seniloli. Five eighths - Seremaia Bai, Waisea Luveniyali. Second-fives - Levani Botia, Alex Rokobaro. Centres - Nemani Nadolo, Vereniki Goneva.Wingers - Napolioni Nalaga, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Waisea Nayacalevu. Fullback - Timoci Nagusa, Metuisela Talebula.