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SportRadradra in shock Fiji switch ahead of Wallabies World Cup clash

07:21  19 september  2019
07:21  19 september  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

So, just how far can these Wallabies go in this Rugby World Cup

So, just how far can these Wallabies go in this Rugby World Cup If the Wallabies can avoid England at the quarter-final stages by winning their pool and the English not faltering against France or Argentina in theirs then I think the Wallabies could progress.

Fiji team guide Rugby World Cup 2019. When the Flying Fijians reached the last eight at the 2007 Rugby World Cup , they shocked the world . Fiji have a host of players who play their club rugby in Europe but no name excites Fijian fans more than Radradra .

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Radradra in shock Fiji switch ahead of Wallabies World Cup clash© AP Radradra scores a try for Fiji against France at the Stade de France in Paris.

Former NRL star Semi Radradra will start on the wing for the Flying Fijians for the first time in their Rugby World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.

The electrifying former Eels winger and dual international has played in the centres since making his debut for Fiji last year but has been moved to the left wing as the world's ninth-ranked side looks to kick-off its World Cup with a major upset at the Sapporo Dome.

Coach John McKee looks to have moved his top pace outside, pairing Radradra with Olympic gold medallist Josua Tuisova on the right wing.

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Sapporo-shi: Fiji have spent two months honing ways to match Australia's breakdown prowess, believing that will be the key to unlocking a momentous upset win at the Rugby World Cup . Try machine: Former NRL star Semi Radradra has been an exciting addition to the Fiji side.

Semi Radradra Turagasoli Waqavatu (born 13 June 1992) is a Fijian professional rugby union player, and rugby league footballer. He played for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL competition and previously

Tuisova scored a try in Fiji's 2016 Olympic sevens triumph in Rio de Janeiro and, along with Radradra, will prove a real handful for Australia's defence.

He is one of three players in McKee's starting line-up who won gold in Rio. Fiji's "offloading wizard" Leone Nakarawa will start in the second row and Viliame Mata takes his place at No.8.

Two Australian-born players will also start. Campese Ma'afu, the older brother of former Wallaby Salesi Ma'afu, will start at loosehead prop. He was named after Australian legend David Campese after the winger's performance in the Wallabies' victorious Grand Slam tour of Europe in 1984.

Former Waratahs playmaker Ben Volavola starts at five-eighth with newly-signed Rebels halfback Frank Lomani. Volavola grew up in Sydney and went to Endeavour Sports High School and Newington College.

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Japanese weather has been a massive talking point ahead of the Rugby World Cup and Wales coach Warren Gatland is using unorthodox methods to "It's going to be a lot cooler, but the challenge then is going to be the humidity and dealing with a slippery ball." Wales also face Australia, Fiji and Uruguay

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is considering using Reece Hodge’s strength and skills in the centres in a backline reshuffle for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup .

Lepani Botia and Waisea Nayacalevu were named at 12 and 13 respectively, while Kini Murimurivalu starts at fullback.

Fiji do not arrive in Sapporo until Friday. They have been based in Akita, a seaside city on Japan's western coast.

The match starts at 2.45pm AEST at the Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan on Saturday September 21.

Fiji: Kini Murimurivalu, Josua Tuisova, Waisea Nayacalevu, Levani Botia, Semi Radradra, Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani, Viliame Mata, Peceli Yato, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Peni Ravai, Sam Matasevi, Campese Ma'afu. Reserves: Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Ratuva, Mosese Voka, Nikola Matawalu, Alivereti Veitokani, Vereniki Goneva.

Australia: Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Isi Naisarani, Nic White, Christian Lealiifano , Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, James O’Connor, 14. Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale. Reserves: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Will Genia, Matt To’omua, Dane Haylett-Petty.

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Fiji are angry over the high tackle from Reece Hodge that robbed them of their star player.Hodge made the covering tackle on No.7 Peceli Yato in the 26th minute of Australia's 39-21 win over the Flying Fijians at the Sapporo Dome on Saturday.

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