Serevi to captain Fijiana against Springbok Women

Fijiana 15s Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has made eight changes to his match-day squad to face South Africa in their second Rugby World Cup pool match at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland on Sunday, with Asinate Serevi spearheading the campaign on the pitch as captain.

Seruvakula has maintained his front row of Iris Verebalavu and Siteri Rasolea on the props while Vika Matarugu is at hooker.

In the second row, seasoned captain Sereima Leweniqila has been rested and replaced by Merevesi Ofakimalino who will partner with Asinate Serevi at locks. Serevi also takes over the captaincy role.

Nineteen-year-old Sulita Waisega gets her second straight start and will pair up with Raijieli Daveua who earns her second cap relegating Ema Adivitaloga to the bench. In the backs, Talei Wilson comes in at the outside center and will partner up with Sesenieli Donu. Ilisapeci Delaiwau and Akanisi Sokoiwasa start on the left and right wing respectively.

Joma Rubuti, Kolora Lomani, Ana Maria Naimasi and Timaima Ravisa are expected to earn their World Cup debut off the bench.

The Fijiana take on South Africa at 4.45pm FJT on Sunday.

Fijiana Squad V South Africa

  1. Iris Verebalavu
  2. Vika Matarugu
  3. Siteri Rasolea
  4. Asinate Serevi
  5. Merevesi Ofakimalino
  6. Sulita Waisega
  7. Raijieli Daveua
  8. Karalaini Naisewa
  9. Lavena Cavuru
  10. Merewalesi Rokouono
  11. Ilisapeci Delaiwau       
  12. Sesenieli Donu
  13. Talei Wilson
  14. Akanisi Sokoiwasa
  15. Roela Radiniyavuni


  1. Bitila Tawake
  2. Bolou Vasuturaga
  3. Mereoni Namositava
  4. Joma Rubuti
  5. Ema Adivitaloga
  6. Kolora Lomani
  7. Ana Maria Naimasi
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