Selections Week 49

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All Fijians selected for the 49th weekend of 2022 in global rugby & rugby league competitions. Includes game notes and updates

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The Premiership, URC and Top 14 take a break for a couple weeks while the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup kicks off. The tournaments have all European Tier 1 sides playing off for the title of European Champions.
Last seasons Champions Cup was won by La Rochelle while Lyon took the Challenge Cup honours.
This page will be updated frequently throughout the weekend as games get underway and teams release their matchday lineups.

Pro D2 Round 14 Dec 8-9

Agen – Kolinio Ramoka 12, Tevita Railevu 14 vs Beziers

Railevu returns to the side after sitting out last weeks match. Agen sit in 3rd behind Biarritz and leaders Oyonnax.

Ramoka scored in the 63rd minute for Agen who lost by a single point 13-14.

Provence – Luke Tagi 3 | Rouen – Benito Masilevu 11

Masilevu is coming off a tryscoring performance last week. The former Flying Fijian is enjoying his time at his new club. This will be his 9th match this season.

Nevers – Alivereti Loaloa 13 @ Carcassonne

Loaloa returns to the starting side. He has only missed 1 match this season. Nevers are in 11th position after 13 rounds. The 2021/2022 semi finalists will look for a strong second half of the season to be any chance of a finals appearance.

Biarritz – Henry Speight 14, Johnny Dyer 18 | Soyaux – Manasa Saulo 3, Sikeli Nabou 5, Ledua Mau 13

Saulo starts his first match for Soyaux. He has played every game since arriving at the club. Is yet to taste victory with his new club who are in 12th position.
Not many times you will see Johnny Dyer on the bench but the lock/flanker will be used as an impact player this weekend. Biarritz are 2nd behind Oyonnax. Their last loss was in round 9 to Rouen.

Oyonnax – Gabiriele Lovobalavu 12, Joe Ravouvou 14 | Montauban – Epeli Momo 8

Both Ravouvou and Lovobalavu haven’t been in the same 23 many times this season. Ravouvou has been excellent in his first season for Oyonnax while Lovobalavu continues to defy his age and turn out quality performances.
Momo gets his first start as a number 8. He has been making a great impact as a forward since his transition from winger and has bulked up considerably too.

Lovobalavu scored in the 18th minute. It’s his first try of the season.

Aurillac – Christa Powell 12 vs Vannes

Powell has started most matches this season including his last 5.

Powell was yellow carded in the 33rd minute.

Stade Montois – Kaminieli Rasaku 11, Nacani Wakaya 13 | Grenoble – Pio Muarua 5

Both Rasaku and Wakaya have been in great form for Mont de Marsan who are in 6th position & winning their last 2 matches.

Rasaku scored in the 21st minute. His 3rd try in 4 matches for the club. Wakaya also crossed in the 45th minute. Mont de Marsan winning 32-19.

Nationale Round 13 Dec 9-10

Valence – Ben Neiceru 12 | Chambery – Mosese Mawalu 11

Mawalu was red carded in the 14th minute. Chambery still managed to win the game 15-11.

Cognac – Eneri Lotawa 12, Jone Tuva 13, Isimeli Kuruibua 21

Kuruibua scored a try in his last match for the club two weekends ago. Lotawa has been enjoying one of his best seasons.

Cognac were totally dominated by Albi who were 76-15 winners. The biggest loss by any club in the competition this season.

Bourgoin – Kemueli Lavetanakoroi 5 vs Rennes

Stade Nicois – Sunia Vola 1, Laijiasa Bolenaivalu 8, Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca 14 vs Carqueiranne-Hyères

Dax – Ilikena Bolakoro 12 vs Narbonne

Tarbes – Jone Seuvou, Josaia Vakacegu 12 vs Bressane

HSBC Sevens Cape Town Dec 9-11

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

Nacuqu entered the Top 30 Top Pointscorers of all time at Dubai last weekend. He is on 947 points coming into the Cape Town leg.
He will move into 4th spot for most games by a Fiji Sevens player currently held by Samisoni Viriviri (120) Nacuqu (119)
Mocenacagi entered the Top 30 all time for the Fiji Sevens team for points scored last weekend also.

Fiji were eliminated from the Cup final race after losing to USA 17-7 in their Quarter Final. They will now play for a 5th position finish.

Great Britain – Api Bavadra 23

New Zealand -Akuila Rokolisoa 4, Amanaki Nicole 9

Rokolisoa was our player of the week last weekend thanks to an outstanding tournament for New Zealand. He finished as top tryscorer and top pointscorer at Dubai.

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

Like the men the women were also eliminated from the main competition by USA and will play for 5th position. They did however show good signs on day 1 pushing New Zealand all the way and defeating Great Britain and Brazil prior.

France Elite 1 Round 9 Dec 10-11

Carcassonne – Jowasa Drodrolagi 8, Maika Serulevu 12 | Villenueve – Netane Masima 7

Last placed Villenueve will find it tough here against the defending Premiers and top of the table Carcassonne.

Carcassonne far too strong with a 56-8 win over the Leopards.

Championship Round 9 Dec 9-10

Cornish Pirates – Rusiate Tuima 8 @ Caldy

Coventry – Senitiki Nayalo 8 @ Hartpury

Bedford – Tui Uru 8 @ Ealing

Richmond – James Little 13 vs Ampthill

Champions Cup Round 1 Dec 10-11

Montpellier – Masivesi Dakuwaqa 22 @ London Irish

Clermont – Alivereti Raka 11, Apisai Naqaliva 12 vs Stormers

Naqaliva returns to the side as does Raka.

Raka was in sublime form for Clermont. He was clearly their most damaging player. Scored a try in the 63rd minute.

La Rochelle – Levani Botia 22 | Northampton – Sam Matavesi 16

Gloucester – Albert Tuisue 19 vs Bordeaux

Tuisue makes his return after serving a 4 match ban for a tackle gone wrong in the Flying Fijians Autumn Nations Test match against Ireland.

Tuisue entered the match in the 39th minute. He scored a try in the 62nd minute. Gloucester won the match 22-17 thanks to a try in the 76th minute. He made 6 runs for 25 metres and forced two turnovers, one of which sealed the game for his side. He was later named man of the match.

Lyon – Noa Nakaitaci 11, Tavite Veredamu 13 @ Bulls

Neither player has been offered much opportunity this season in the Top 14 and will notch up a few games over the course of the Champions Cup. No Josua Tuisova or Temo Mayanavanua for this one.

Castres – Leone Nakarawa 4, Filipo Nakosi 11, Josaia Raisuqe 21 vs Harlequins

No Vilimoni Botitu or Adrea Cocagi for Castres. Both have been in good form but they do welcome back Raisuqe. Nakarawa starts in his preferred position.

Saracens – Eroni Mawi 17 | Edinburgh – Viliame Mata

Challenge Cup Round 1 Dec 9-10

Perpignan – Alivereti Duguivalu 11, Eddie Sawailau 13 | Bristol – Semi Radradra 13

Sawailau hasn’t had much opportunity this season in the Top 14 playing only 2 matches but he gets a start in the Challenge Cup opener. Both teams are struggling in their respective competitions with USAP sitting in 13th in the Top 14 while Bristol have managed just 2 wins in the Premiership. They are coming off a draw to Leicester and with Semi Radradra back in the team they could be on the up.

Benetton – Onisi Ratave 11 @ Stade Francais

Ratave has played the 1 match in the URC, in round 2 vs Leicester in September. He gets a start this week in his first match against a Top 14 side. Great to see the former Fijian Drua flyer back in action.

Pau – Jale Vatubua 12 vs Cheetahs

Bath – Joe Cokanasiga 14 vs Glasgow

Brive – Tevita Ratuva 19 @ Cardiff

The Flying Fijians lock returns from injury. His last match was in early September.

Tryscorers

Pro D2 – Kolinio Ramoka, Gabiriele Lovobalavu, Kaminieli Rasaku, Nacani Wakaya

Champions Cup – Albert Tuisue

All lineups will be updated with game notes once they are released throughout the weekend.

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