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Muir confident of forward power

Maciu Malo
Friday, June 13, 2014

FLYING Fijians forwards coach Alan Grumpy Muir is confident the Fijian forward pack will match their Tongan counterparts on Saturday.

He said the side had been working tirelessly on the weaknesses committed against Italy during their training runs this week.

"People need to recognise as well that Italy is one of best teams with the best scrimmage in the world," said Muir.

"Italy scrimmage has put big side like England under pressure but certainly we know the areas to work on and we are looking forward to our next game.

"We have prepared well for the game and I am confident of a good outing."

Muir said the mobile Fijian pack needed to be accurate against the Tongans.

"We have a very good mobile pack and we need to be accurate with our execution to secure the desired outcome."

Head coach John McKee has made two changes in the forwards from the game against Italy last week.

Glasgow-based lock forward Leone Nakarawa will replace Api Naikatini at lock while flanker Malakai Ravulo has relegated former national 7s skipper Nemani Nagusa to the bench.

McKee has retained the front row of Campese Ma'afu, Tuapati Talemaitoga and Manasa Saulo for the game against Tonga.

Skipper Akapusi Qera will man the number 7 jumper with lanky Dominiko Waqaniburotu on the other side of the scrums.

Starting lineup: Campese Ma'afu, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Manasa Saulo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Malakai Ravulo, Akapusi Qera , Nikola Matawalu, Watisoni Votu, Nemani Nadolo, Adriu Delai, Sireli Bobo, Sireli Bobo, Timoci Nagusa.

Reserves: Viliame Veikoso, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Isei Colati, Apisai Naikatini, Nemani Nagusa, Nemia Kenatale, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula.

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