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Fiji Name Monstrous Side For Ireland Clash In Bid To Avoid The Same Fate As South Africa

The Fiji squad to take on Ireland on Saturday has been named and at first glance it is clear the island nation have called in the big guns, literally.

Following the decimation of South Africa, Ireland have given every indication that they are operating at the peak of their powers.

With a squad boasting a near clean bill of health, Joe Schmidt’s men put a resurgent Springbok side to the sword with All Black levels of impunity.

Having watched the home side embarrass the South African tourists, Fiji’s coaching team will be all too aware of the task that awaits them in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Ireland will field a starting 15 that features only two of the assassins that destroyed Alistair Coetzee’s Springboks, with Ireland boss Schmidt ringing the changes for the visit of the Pacific island nation.

Naming the massive pairing of Stuart McCloskey and Chris Farrell in the centre and three elusive speed merchants on the wings and at full-back, namely Dave Kearney, Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway, the visitors will unveil perhaps the biggest back row ever assembled to combat the high-flying home side.

Featuring Nemani Nadolo on the wing at No.11, fans will be treated to something truly incredible. At nearly 6′ 5″ and over 130kg, Nadolo would be a terrifying sight in the front row of the scrum. Set to wreak havoc on the wing, Ireland will have their hands full with the Montpellier monster.

Adding to the back line bulk, Levani Botia, Timoci Nagusa and Jale Vatubua all tip the scales comfortably north of 100kg.

Only full-back Kini Murimurivalu weighs in the double digits, presenting himself at a ‘puny’ 97kg.

All told, the Fiji back line averages a whopping 111kg, or 17st 7lbs, a figure that will certainly focus the attention of the Ireland pack.

Fielding one of the most inexperienced sides of recent times, Schmidt has taken the opportunity to afford newer squad members more experience ahead of the Six Nations in February.

Against Fiji on Saturday, the new boys in green will be looking to continue the form that dealt South Africa a record breaking beating last weekend.

All they have to do is figure out how to stop half a ton of muscle that wants to get past.

Fiji team to play Ireland:

15. Kini Murimurivalu
14. Timoci Nagusa
13. Jale Vatabua
12. Levani Botia
11. Nemani Nadolo
10. Ben Volavola
9. Henry Senioli
1. Campese Ma’afu
2. Talemaitoga Tuapati
3. Manasa Saulo
4. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa
5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Dominiko Waqaniboruto
7. Akapusi Qera
8. Nemani Nagusa


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.