Matawalu dropped to the bench for Italy test


matawalusMatawalu has been dropped to the bench for Saturday’s test against Italy.

Matawalu has been slow at most times from the back of the scrums with his delivery and he seems to be playing his own game instead of playing as a team which results in him making wrong decisions which greatly affect the flow of attack the backline needs.

Vodafone Flying Fijians Coach John McKee has retained most of the players from last Saturday’s match against the Wallabies, with a few changes to the team.

McKee says that he has selected a very strong team with a good mix of experienced and new players.

McKee has picked Serupepeli Vularika ahead of Nikola Matawalu at halfback, Eroni Vasiteri comes into the midfield for Albert Vulivuli while Tuapati Talemaitoga starts at hooker.

Flying Fijians: Peni Ravai, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Kalivati Tawake, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Captain Akapusi Qera, Nemani Nagusa, Serupepeli Vularika, Ben Volavola, Vereniki Goneva, Eroni Vasiteri, Jale Vatubua, Timoci Nagusa, Kini Murimurivalu.

Reserves: Jale Sassen, Joeli Veitayaki, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nikola Matawalu and Benito Masilevu.

McKee says that the team has trained very well this week and has been working on some learnings from the Australian game.

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