Selections Week 47

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All Fijian selections for the 47th weekend of 2022.

Internationals | Pro D2 | Premiership | United Rugby | Top 14 | Nationale | Championship | France Elite 1 | Tryscorers

Autumn Nations Nov 25-27

Australia – Langi Gleeson 8, Mark Nawaqanitawase 14 @ Wales

Gleeson gets his first start for the Wallabies. Rob Valetini is out with injury.

The Wallabies trailed by 21 points after 55 minutes. They staged an incredible comeback to win 39-34. Nawaqanitawase scored 2 tries and set up another. He was also named man of the match.

Pro D2 Round 12 Nov 25-26

Agen – Tevita Railevu 14, Kolinio Ramoka 22 @ Carcassonne

Ramoka off the bench for the first time in over a year.

Oyonnax – Joe Ravouvou 11 vs Aurillac

Oyonnax big winners here 45-3 with Ravouvou scoring his 4th try of the season in the 32nd minute.

Biarritz – Henry Speight 14, Johnny Dyer 18 | Provence – Eroni Sau 11, Adrian Sanday 13

Dyer returns to the side after finishing up from the Autumn Nations Series where he played 2 matches from the bench.

Beziers – Watisoni Votu 14 vs Rouen

The warhorse Votu has been super consistent for Beziers playing all but 1 match this season.

Montauban – Semesa Rokoduguni 14 vs Vannes

Soyaux – Sikeli Nabou 5, Kaminieli Raivono 14, Ledua Mau 22, Manasa Saulo 23* @ Massy

Flying Fijians and former Drua prop Saulo makes his Pro D2 debut. This his second stint in France after previously playing for RC Toulon from 2015-2017.

Nabou’s 79th minute try gave Soyaux the opportunity to win the game with a conversion which they did giving them a 23-22 win. Saulo came on in the 50th minute on his debut.

Stade Montois – Kaminieli Rasaku 11, Nacani Wakaya 13 | Nevers – Alivereti Loaloa 13

Mont de Marsan are sitting in 10th spot with 5 wins and 6 losses. A far cry from their table topping finish to last years season where they lost 7 matches. Rasaku coming off his tryscoring effort on debut last week. Wakaya returns to the side while Wame Naituvi out with injury.

Rasaku makes it 2 tries from 2 outings. He scored just after haltime. Mont de Marsan escaped with a 22-19 victory.

Colomiers – Peni Rokoduguni 14 vs Grenoble

Premiership Round 11 Nov 25-27

Leicester – Nemani Nadolo 11 | London Irish – Api Ratuniyarawa 4

Nadolo scored a try in his last match for the Tigers. This will be his last match for the club he joined in 2019 after leaving Montpellier.

Ratuniyarawa scored in the 10th minute for London Irish. Leicester won the match 33-31.

Albert Tuisue (Gloucester) will serve his second week of his 4 week suspension this week. Semi Radradra is back in training and expected back in the next month for Bristol.

United Rugby Round 8 Nov 26-27

Edinburgh – Lee Roy Atalifo 18 @ Benetton

Atalifo was a late addition to the side. He plays his first match of the season.

Onisi Ratave is yet to play for Benetton since Round 2. Viliame Mata was one of Fiji’s best in the Autumn Nations Series and will most likely return next weekend for Edinburgh.

Nationale Round 11 Nov 25-26

Valence – Ben Neiceru 12 | Tarbes – Jone Seuvou 5

Suresnes – Petero Tuwai 12 | Chambery – Vereniki Goneva 13

Tuwai scored his first try for the club in the 41st minute and scored again 8 minutes later. Suresnes won the game 26-15.

Stade Nicois – Laijiasa Bolenaivalu 8, Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca 14 vs Blagnac

Bourgoin – Kemueli Lavetanakoroi 6 | Cognac – Eneri Lotawa 13, Jone Tuva 15, Isimeli Kuruibua 21

Tuva starts at fullback for the first time.

Tuva scored in the 69th minute but Bourgoin already had the game wrapped up. Bourgoin big winners (48-17) over Cognac who are still without a win after round 11.

Narbonne – Luke Nakobukobua vs Rennes

Nakobukobua has scored a try in each of his last 2 games. The backrower has been in solid form for his new club. He was with Pamiers in the Federal 1 last season.

Dax – Ilikena Bolakoro 12 | Hyeres Carqueiranne – Sanaila Radevokula 11, David Raikuna 13

Radevokula left the field after 11 minutes with an injury. Dax big winners 46-13.

Top 14 Round 11 Nov 26-27

Castres – Adrea Cocagi 13, Josaia Raisuqe 20 @ La Rochelle

Cocagi returns from Test duty. The hard hitting centre gave a good account for himself in his first test series. No Filipo Nakosi and Leone Nakarawa while Vilimoni Botitu was injured in the Flying Fijians match against Scotland.

Pau – Lekima Tagitagivalu 18 | Brive – Setariki Tuicuvu 13

Tagitagivalu scored a try against Bordeaux and 1 for the Barbarians both in the past month. He’s in career best form and was unlucky to miss out on test selection. Reverts back to the bench in his return.

Tuicuvu returns from test duty while no Mesu Kunavula this weekend for Brive.

Bayonne – Eneriko Buliruarua 13 @ Montpellier

Buliruarua starts in the 13 jersey for the first time for Bayonne. No Sireli Maqala this week. Not clear if he is in carrying an injury from the Autumn Nations Series.

Perpignan – Alivereti Duguivalu 21 vs Bordeaux

Toulon – Jiuta Wainiqolo 14 @ Stade Francais

Waisea Nayacalevu doesn’t get to play against his old club while Wainiqolo takes his place on he wing. The Olympic Gold Medallist is in red hot form for both club and country. He is currently in his second straight week at number 1 on our rolling top 10 form players (You can view top 10 on homepage). Toulon coming off two losses.

Racing – Inia Tabuavou 21 | Clermont – Alivereti Raka 11

Raka scored his 6th try of the season. He’s the outright top tryscorer for all Fijians in active competitions.

France Elite 1 Round 7 Nov 26-27

Carcassonne – Maika Seruvlevu 11, Jowasa Drodrolagi 15 vs Pia

Drodrolagi coming off a a two try performance in his last match against Toulouse. The defending Premiers sit equal first on 5 wins and a loss with Limoux.

Villenueve – Netane Masima 7 @ Lezignan

Villenueve without a win after 6 rounds take on second placed Lezignan. Masima is up against 2 time NRL Premiership winner James Maloney. It’s Masima’s second game for the club.

Lezignan far too strong winning 40-18.

Tel Aviv vs Saracens Friendly Nov 27

Tel Aviv – Semi Kunatani 8, Peceli Nacebe 11, Jone Manu 13, Sailasa Turagaluvu 19, Jasa Veremalua 20, Nemani Buliruarua 22 @ Saracens

Saracens tried out their fringe Premiership players & Academy players. Nacebe and Manu were dangerous with the ball both combining to set up the first try. Turagaluvu accepted an offload late in the match to score. The Heat won the match 29-26.

Tryscorers

Pro D2 – Joe Ravouvou, Kaminieli Rasaku, Sikeli Nabou

Premiership – Api Ratuniyarawa

International – Mark Nawaqanitawase x 2

Nationale – Petero Tuwai x 2, Jone Tuva

Friendly – Sailasa Turagaluvu

Top 14 – Alivereti Raka

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