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As England assemble a unusual backline that includes Smith at full-back, Raiwalui has retained Vilimoni Botitu for what will likely be only a third begin of his skilled profession in the fly-half place.

Sam Matavesi, the Northampton Saints hooker, has moved to the bench following the demise of his father, Sireli, having returned to France from Cornwall, the place he had frolicked along with his household, on Friday morning. Tevita Ikanivere will begin in the center of the entrance row.

Meanwhile, Albert Tuisue, the Gloucester ahead, has been deployed at lock in what would look like a concerted try to go after England’s breakdown. “I’ve been moved to the second row and I’ll bring what I’ve been known for: aggression in the ruck,” mentioned Tuisue.

Although Fiji warmed up for the World Cup by overturning England 30-22 at Twickenham, Raiwalui performed down the significance of that end result.

“England had a lot of flak from the press and the public about the way they were playing before the actual World Cup,” he mentioned. “But they play a brand of rugby to win the game, so tactically they are very good. They’re powerful with a great set piece, so we are expecting those challenges coming at us this weekend.”

Fiji XV: Droasese; Haboz, Bearded (capt), Tuisova, Radradra; Botitu, Germany; Beautiful, Ikanivere, Tagi, Clean, Tuisue, Valuable, Botia, Mata.

Replacements: Matavesi, Ravai, Doge, Derenalagi, Miramira, Kuruvoli, Masi, Maqala.