Radradra, Tuisova ready for Uruguay match

Toulon players Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova after one of their matches in their Toulon colours. The Fijian duo have been named in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team for the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup. Picture: The Front Row Forums

WHEN they play together, they are billed as one of world rugby’s lethal rugby combinations.

They proved that by helping Fiji win the London 7s and then they played together for France club, Toulon last year.

This weekend, the deadly duo of Semi Radradra, called during his Australian National Rugby League days as ‘Semi-trailer’ and Josua ‘The Bus’ Tuisova, are expected to team up for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians against Uruguay on Sunday.

Radradra and Tuisova are likely to form a formidable combination having last represented the Fiji Airways national team at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

The duo also played together for the Toulon side in the Top 14 competition and later drafted for the World Barbarians side that defeated England early this year.

Tuisova joined the team this week while Radradra has been cleared by the French Top 14 disciplinary committee of a high tackle challenge last week.

Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is expected to bank on the lethal duo to spearhead Fiji’s campaign against Uruguay.

Tuisova is likely to partner Vereniki Goneva on the wings with Radradra and Jale Vatubua in the centres complemented by Metuisela Talebula’s all-round skills at fullback.

“Josh (Tuisova) joins the team on Monday and is likely to be in the squad against Uruguay,” said McKee.

“We are going to field a strong team against Uruguay leading to an all-important game against France in our last tour game.

“We are focusing more on the guys this week to perform well against Uruguay and improve from where they left off against Scotland last week.”

McKee said players had been urged to rectify the mistakes committed against Scotland.

“We are looking forward to the game against Uruguay and working on developing the team combination.”

He is also expected to field Ben Volavola and Frank Lomani as the halves combination with skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato and Viliame Mata to pack at the back of the scrum.

Tall timber Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi and Manasa Saulo are likely to form the tight five positions.

Other players likely to force their way into the 23-member squad are Alivereti Veitokani, Henry Seniloli, Eroni Vasiteri, Semi Kunatani, Mesulame Dolokoto, Eroni Mawi and Kalivati Tawake

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