Friday, 16 November 2012
Goneva to face Thomund Teest
The Flyting Fijians have retained the services of Tigers wing Vereniki Goneva for their match with Ireland at Thomund Park. Rather arrogantly the Irish are refusing to cap this match, whether the IRB would allow this colonial 1980s attitude in a nation where they weren't based is an interesting thought, especially when we see Wales cap games against club sides. It would have been strong government if the IRB had forced the Irish to cap this match. Another consequence is that should Fiji pull off a shock they won't get any benefit in the World Rankings and equally Ireland wouldn't lose any points. In a tight race for 8th place a shock here could have made a huge impact.
Shame on you Ireland. Shame on you IRB.
Fiji: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Simeli Koniferedi, 13 Vereniki Govena, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Jonetani Ralulu, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Nemani Nagusa, 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Iliesa Ratuva, 5 Api Naikatini, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Deacon Manu (captain), 2 Viliame Veikoso, 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa.
Replacements: 16 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 17 Manasa Saulo, 18 Setefano Somoca, 19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 20 Jovili Domolailai, 21 Kelemedi Bola, 22 Saula Radidi/Ravai Fatiaki, 23 Timoci Matanavou.
Ireland: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip (captain), 7 John Muldoon, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 David Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Donncha Ryan, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 Simon Zebo.