Goneva and Cavubati to start for Fiji in Samoa

Thursday 13 July 2017

Newcastle Falcons pair Vereniki Goneva and Tevita Cavubati both start for Fiji in Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup clash with Samoa.

Falcons' player of the season Goneva (right of picture) starts on the right wing for Fiji in the Samoan capital of Apia, with summer signing Cavubati packing down at lock.

Fiji go into the game having already qualified for Rugby World Cup 2019 by virtue of last weekend's away win over Tonga, and could clinch the Pacific Nations Cup title by beating Samoa.

Fiji head coach John McKee said: “With the PNC up for grabs and Samoa desperate to qualify for Rugby World Cup in this series we expect a very tough challenge on Saturday.

“We are very determined to defend the PNC title which we have held since 2015.

“The players must focus on getting the small tasks right and executing our plays under pressure to win this match. We missed out on a couple of tries last week because we were not accurate in our finishing or with the last pass.

“The Team will have to work very hard in defence. Samoa have a very talented back line and we cannot afford to give them too much time and space.”

Saturday's game kicks off at 2am UK time and will be streamed live on the World Rugby website.

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