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Maciu Malo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

EXPECT new faces in the Flying Fijians team against Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup at Lautoka's Churchill Park on Saturday, says head coach John McKee.

He said he would make a few changes to the side that defeated Italy last week in Suva.

McKee said there were many good players in his squad and wanted to give all players the opportunity to play.

"We are looking at few options and combinations during training and we will be making some changes," he said

"The changes will be made because we have other good players in the squad who were not given a run against Italy."

Players who are likely to force their way into the starting line-up are Glasgow trio Nikola Matawalu, Leone Nakarawa and Jerry Yanuyanutawa.

Matawalu and Yanuyanutawa came off the bench against Italy while Nakarawa missed out on selection.

Skipper Akapusi Qera, hard-hitting centre Nemani Nadolo, Napolioni Nalaga, Metuisela Talebula, Campese Ma'afu and Dominiko Waqaniburotu are some key players likely to retain their spots in the starting line-up.

Other players who missed out last week are Rupeni Nasiga, Waisea Nayacalevu, Sireli Bobo, Samisoni Viriviri, Viliame Veikoso, Learoy Atalifo and Viliame Vesikoso.

McKee said the forwards worked on their set pieces during training in anticipation against a tough and mobile Tongan pack.

He said Tonga would be tough to beat but he had a plan to counter the opposition.

"Tonga had a very good result against Samoa last week. It is very difficult to win or draw against Samoa in Apia," he said.

"Tonga is quite different from the Italy team and we will make some changes to our attack," he added.

The much anticipated rugby battle kicks off at 3pm.

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