Selections Week 48

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All Fijians selected in Rugby and Rugby League competitions around the world for the 48th weekend of 2022.

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Pro D2 Round 13 Dec 1-2

Soyaux – Sikeli Nabou 5, Ledua Mau 13, Manasa Saulo 23 | Oyonnax – Gabiriele Lovobalavu 22

Saulo plays his 2nd match for the club. Lovobalavu returns for Oyonnax who are top of the table with 9 wins from 11 outings.

Oyonnax held on for the win 20-15.

Aurillac – Christa Powell 12 vs Colomiers

No Peni Rokoduguni for Colomiers. Powell plays his 9th match of the season.

Provence – Luke Tagi 3, Adrian Sanday 22 vs Carcassonne

No Eroni Sau for Provence. Sanday continues to rotate between impact player and starter in his first season for Provence.

Agen – Kolinio Ramoka 12 | Massy – Uwa Tawalo 20

Tawalo returns for Massy who are bottom of the table and will find it tough against 2nd placed Agen.

Agen too strong in the end winning 24-12 and keeping Massy tryless.

Rouen – Benito Masilevu 11 | Montauban – Semesa Rokoduguni 14

The two wingers directly oppose each other in this match. Rouen sit in 8th spot while Montauban are in 14th position. Josua Vici still out with injury for Montauban.

Masilevu scored his 2nd try of the season in the 18th minute for Rouen who trailed 10-0 before coming back to win 48-23.

Stade Montois – Veresa Ramototabua 6, Kaminieli Rasaku 11, Nacani Wakaya 13 @ Vannes

Ramototabua plays his first match for the club since arriving from Stade Francais. Rasaku has scored 2 tries in his first 2 matches for the club.

Mont de Marsan move into 6th position with a 17-12 away win against the 4th placed Vannes. Wakaya scored his 2nd try of the season.

Nevers – Alivereti Loaloa 22 vs Beziers

Grenoble – Pio Muarua 5 | Biarritz – Johnny Dyer 5

Two of our more consistent players feature here. Muarua has played 10 matches starting all but 2. Dyer also with 10 matches only missing out due to his Test return.

Nationale Round 12 Dec 2-4

Bressane – Kavekini Tabu 22 | Valence – Ben Neiceru 12, Akuila Tabualevu (RES)

Bourgoin – Kemueli Lavetanakoroi 16 @ Blagnac

Tarbes – Jone Seuvou 5, Josaia Vakacegu 12 vs Dax

Chambery – Mosese Mawalu 11, Vereniki Goneva 13 vs Albi

Mawalu scored his 6th try of the season to join Alivereti Raka as the top Fijian tryscorer in Active Competitions. Chambery lost the match 13-14.

Cognac – Eneri Lotawa 12, Jone Tuva 13 | Suresnes – Petero Tuwai 12

Tuwai has been in great form for Suresnes. He scored a double in last weekends match.

Narbonne – Luke Nakobukobua 8 @ Carqueiranne-Hyères

Nakobukobua is proving to be a great pickup for Narbonne. The former Pamiers backrower has 3 tries from his first 9 games for the club and has been a rock at number 8.

Stade Nicois – Laijiasa Bolenaivalu 8, Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca 14, Sunia Vola 20 @ Rennes

Bureitakiyaca scored his first try of the season in the 40th minute for Nice who won the match 13-9.

Top 14 Round 12 Dec 3-4

Clermont – Apisai Naqaliva 22 | Montpellier – Masivesi Dakuwaqa 19

Naqaliva plays his 3rd match of the season while Dakuwaqa plays his 5th. Both players have battled injury this season. Clermont sit in 10th position while Montpellier in 5th.

Brive – Setariki Tuicuvu 14 @ Bordeaux

Tuicuvu has been in solid form this season. He returns to the wing after starting at centre last weekend and fullback for Fiji in the Autumn Nations Series.

Bayonne – Sireli Maqala 13, Eneriko Buliruarua 22 vs Lyon

Maqala returns to the side after his debut Test Series for Fiji. Bayonne are putting in a solid season and are in 8th position in their first season back in the Top 14.

Perpignan – Alivereti Duguivalu 11 @ Toulouse

La Rochelle – Levani Botia 12 @ Stade Francais

Castres – Filipo Nakosi 11, Vilimoni Botitu 12, Adrea Cocagi 13, Leone Nakarawa 19 | Pau – Lekima Tagitagivalu 4, Jale Vatubua 12

Nakosi got hold of a loose pass to run 60 metres untouched for Castres first try. Their second and winning try came in the 79th minute when Botitu picked up the ball from a ruck 2 metres out, sold a dummy and stepped past a last defender to score the matchwinner. Castres 26-22.

Toulon – Jiuta Wainiqolo 14 | Racing – Peniami Narisia 2, Kitione Kamikamica 8, Inia Tabuavou 12, Ben Volavola 20

Narisia starts his first game for the club. His lone game in round 4 against Toulouse. A timely return for the man to contest for a spot in the Flying Fijians RWC squad. Volavola also makes his return to the side returning from a very good Autumn Nations Campaign performance.

Racing with a 31-14 victory. Volavola with a show-and-go to score under the posts in the 80th minute.

Premiership Round 12 Dec 2-3

Bath – Joe Cokanasiga 14 vs Harlequins

Cokanasiga’s first game back since the Autumn Nations Series. Bath are 3 from 8 and only 1 win outside the Top 4.

London Irish – Api Ratuniyarawa 4 vs Newcastle

Ratuniyarawa scored his first try for London Irish last weekend and also scored the week prior for Fiji against the French Barbarians. He’s in a solid run of form but it’s no surprise as the warhorse is as consistent as ever.

Northampton – Sam Matavesi 2 @ Gloucester

Matavesi returns for his first match since Test duties for Fiji. The Saints are 4th on the Premiership ladder with a host of teams right on their tai including Gloucester who are without Albert Tuisue who will miss his 3rd game of a 4 match suspension.

Bristol – Semi Radradra 13 vs Leicester

Radradra makes his return from his knee injury. The Flying Fijians centre has been out of action since April. We are now within 12 months of the World Cup so his return is timely.
Bristol are 10th on the Premiership ladder with only 2 wins but are only 2 wins outside the Top 4. Siva Naulago is due for a return in the next month.
Nemani Nadolo played his last match for Leicester last weekend.

Radradra dove over to score 5 minutes into his return match. He was later yellow carded for a high shot in the 29th minute. A solid return making 72 run metres off 13 runs beating 5 defenders with 2 offloads to go along with his try. Bristol had an opportunity to win the game on the final play with a 40 metre penalty from in front but the kick was unsuccessful.

URC Round 9 Dec 3-4

Edinburgh – Viliame Mata 8 vs Munster

HSBC Seven Dubai Dec 2-3

Fiji – Josua Vakurunabili 1, Joseva Talacolo 2, Jeremaia Matana 3, Sevuloni Mocenacagi 4, Tira Wilagi 5, Filipe Sauturaga 7, Waisea Nacuqu 8, Pilipo Bukayaro 9, Manueli Maisamoa 11, Viwa Naduvaco 12, Paula Nayacakalou 13, Iowane Raturaciri 14, Alasio Naduva 10

Naduva makes his return to the Sevens circuit. Fiji once again pick up without stars who have moved on to professional 15’s rugby including Kaminieli Rasaku who was their best player last season. Fiji are coming off a loss at the Hong Kong final to Australia.

Fiji with 2 wins and a loss on Day 1. New Zealand and Argentina both dropped a match too and Fiji miss out on the Quarter Finals on points differential. Their highest possible finish is 9th. This is the first time under Ben Gollings they will not feature in Cup Quarters.

Fiji finished 9th winning 5 from 6 matches but crucially points differential had a big say on day 1. South Africa won the Cup final beating Ireland 21-5.
Sauturaga and Nayacakalou finished with 4 tries each as Fiji’s top tryscorers with Saturaga also Fiji’s top pointscorer with 36 (2nd overall).

New Zealand -Akuila Rokolisoa 4, Amanaki Nicole 9

Rokolisoa finished as the tournament top tryscorer with 6 and also tournament top pointscorer with 60.

Great Britain – Api Bavadra 23

Fijiana – Vani Buleki, Ivamere Nabura, Verenaisi Bari, Rejieli Daveua, Talei Wilson*, Sesenieli Donu, Lavena Cavuru, Viniana Riwai, Reapi Uluinasau, Ana Maria Naimasi, Aloesi Nakoci, Ilisapeci Delaiwau*, Younis Bese*

Fijiana won 1 of 3 matches on Day 1 but qualify for the Quarter Finals and will play a red hot Australia.

Fiji finished 5th with a 3 win 3 loss records over the 2 days. Australia won the Cup final 26-19 over New Zealand. Aloesi Nakoci and Ana Naimasi finished as Fiji’s top tryscorers with 4 each with Naimasi doubling as top pointscorer for Fiji with 32.

Championship Round 8 Dec 3

Bedford – Tui Uru 8 vs Nottingham

Uru returns to the side for his 6th match of the season.

Coventry – Senitiki Nayalo 19 vs Doncaster

Nayalo has 2 tries from 6 matches this season. This will be his first match off the bench this season.

Richmond – James Little @ Jersey Reds

Little plays his 3rd match for Richmond who sit in 8th spot with 2 wins from 7 outings.

France Elite 1 Round 8 Dec 3-4

Carcassonne – Maika Serulevu 11, Jowasa Drodrolagi 16 @ Limoux

Carcassonne flexed their muscles coming away with a 19-0 shutout victory.

A top of the table clash with both teams on 6 wins and a loss. Serulevu has 1 try in Carcassonne’s first 7 matches. No Jowasa Drodrolagi this weekend.

Villenueve – Netane Masima 7 vs Saint Gaudens

Super Cup Semi Finals Dec 4

Tel Aviv Heat – Semi Kunatani 8, Jone Manu 13, Peceli Nacebe 14, Sailasa Turagaluvu 19, Nemani Buliruarua 20 vs Lusitanos

A great win over Saracens last weekend albeit a friendly but the Heat are high on confidence as the play for a spot in the final. Nacebe and Manu are in great form while Turagaluvu scored the match winner last weekend.

The Heat are into the Super Cup final with a 30-22 win. Nacebe scored his 5th try of the season in the 54th minute.

Tryscorers

Pro D2 – Benito Masilevu

Premiership – Semi Radradra

Top 14 – Filipo Nakosi, Vilimoni Botitu, Ben Volavola

Nationale – Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca, Mosese Mawalu

Super Cup – Peceli Nacebe

HSBC Sevens – Akuila Rokolisoa x 6, Paula Nayacakalou x 4, Filipe Sauturaga x 4, Jerry Matana x 3, Pilipo Bukayaro x 3, Tira Wilagi x 3, Iowane Raturaciri x 2, Joseva Talacolo x 2, Viwa Naduvaco x 2, Waisea Nacuqu x 2, Alasio Naduva, Manueli Maisamoa, Api Bavadra, Amanaki Nicole

HSBC Women – Aloesi Nakoci x 4, Ana Maria Naimasi x 4, Ivamere Nabura x 3, Lavena Cavuru x 2, Raijieli Daveua x 2, Reapi Ulunisau x 2, Younis Bese x 2, Adi Vani Buleki, Ilisapeci Delaiwau

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