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Returnees and a potential debut in Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Matchday 23 for Round 6 VS Melbourne Rebels

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has announced his line-up for Friday’s Round 6 away match vs the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Stadium.

Jone Koroiduadua (1) starts at loosehead prop with Kaliopasi Uluilakepa (3) switching to tighthead prop for this match, while it’s a first appearance in the starting 15 for Zuriel Togiatama (2) at hooker.

Last week’s second row combination of Sorovakatini Tuifagalele (4) and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta (5) has been retained, as has the backrow featuring last week’s Man of the Match Joseva Tamani (6) at blindside flanker, Vilive Miramira (7) at openside flanker and captain Nemani Nagusa as number 8 loose forward.

Frank Lomani (9) starts again at scrumhalf, partnering Teti Tela (10) who is at flyhalf and on 35 points for this season.

The starting centres combination of Kalaveti Ravouvou (12) and Apisalome Vota (13) continues for a sixth consecutive time. Vinaya Habosi (11) and Selestino Ravutaumada (14) start on the left and right wings respectively, while it’s a return to the starting 15 for fullback Kitione Ratu (15).

The replacements see a return to the matchday 23 for hooker Tevita Ikanivere (16) and a first potential appearance in Super Rugby Pacific from the bench for loosehead prop Haereiti Hetet (17). Samuela Tawake (18) completes the reserve front row this week. Viliame Rarasea (19) also makes a return to the matchday 23 this week. Kitione Salawa (20) and Peni Matawalu (21) retain their positions among the replacements, with Caleb Muntz (22) making a return to the squad alongside Jona Mataiciwa (23).

We’re getting more belief in what we’re doing and realising that when we play well, we’re in this competition.

Head Coach

Mick Byrne

He continued: "Words like belief are living words – you get it by living it – and our belief is getting stronger every week so we’re delivering better. This match is another big challenge test for us against the Rebels who have four returning Wallabies and we’re looking forward to it.“ The match kicks off at 7.45pm (local time) at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Tickets for the match are available here.

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