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Italians to use Fijian forward against Flying Fijians

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

THE Italians have brought a weapon to counter the Fijians this Saturday in the opening match of their June Test series at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fiji-born Manoa Vosawai is likely to feature for Azzurri against the Vodafone Flying Fijians this weekend.

The 30-year-old Vosawai, who made his debut for Italy in 2007, has played 14 Test matches for his adopted country.

Italy team manager Luigi Troiani said the Suva-born number eight had been a huge help to the side.

"He is very important for us in this match but I don't know if he will play. I think if he will be on the team sheet on Saturday, he will make a great impact and play a good game," Troiani said.

Italy, which is ranked 14th compared to Fiji's 11, didn't enjoy a good season so far losing all it's matches in the Six Nations competition this year.

Troiani said a win against Fiji would give them the confidence they needed in build-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

He said the team had a good mix of experienced and new players.

"We have not had a good season in the Six Nations after losing all the games. For us this game is very important and we need to start well against the Fiji team because we can take confidence with us if we play well," Troiani said.

"This is also a good opportunity for the new players to impress the coaches as we are building towards the world cup."

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