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Fiji Bati will not risk

Elenoa Baselala In Townsville, Australia
Thursday, November 09, 2017

VODAFONE Fiji Bati coach, Mick Potter is not taking any risk when it comes to selecting his 17 players against Italy tomorrow at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

"We haven't got too many left to choose from, I do consult with my coaching staff and what we don't want to do is take a risk," Potter said.

"We want to put out our best possible team all the time because you don't get a second chance if you lose.

"So, we really want to make sure that we win the game. Players want to win and we want to win in the best possible way."

Fiji's 21-member squad was announced on Tuesday, which has Brayden Wiliame returning to his second row position after he was ruled out last weekend because of medical reasons.

Wiliame is understood to have been bitten by a spider in Townsville last weekend, which offered an opportunity for rookie, Salesi Junior Faingaa to make his debut for Fiji.

All teams released their 21-member squad on Tuesday. Not included in the Fiji team list are Mika Ravalawa and Pio Seci who is still recovering from an infection.

Under RLWC rules, each nation is required to name a 21-man squad each Tuesday for the following weekend's match.

The squads are to be reduced to 19 players by 24-hours before the match and a final 17 will be announced one hour before kick-off. Players outside the 21 named on Tuesday can only be bought into the team for that match if approved by the RLWC2017 tournament director.

Faingaa was informed that he was replacing Wiliame at least two hours before the match against Wales.

Fiji: 1. Captain Kevin Naiqama (fullback), 2. Suliasi Vunivalu (right wing), 3. Taane Milne (right center). 4. Akuila Uate (left centre), 5. Marcelo Montoya (left wing), 6. Jarryd Hayne (five eighth), 7. Henry Raiwalui (half back), 8. Ashton Sims (left prop), 9. Apisai Koroisau (hooker), 10. Eloni Vunakece (right prop), 12. Brayden Wiliame (right second row), 13. Tui Kamikamica (lock). Interchanges: 14. Joe Lovodua, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Junior Roqica, 17. Ben Nakubuwai

Reserves: James Storer, Salesi Junior Faingaa, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Pio Sokobalavu

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