Nayacalevu back for Fiji

Flying Fijians inside centre Levani Botis runs the ball during the Captains Run at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.Picture:ATU RASEA

STADE Francis player Waisea Nayacalevu is happy to be back on the field for the Flying Fijians after a lapse of two years.

Nayacalevu is named in the starting 15 for the Flying Fijians team that will play against the Maori All Blacks today.

The Sadro, Deuba lad will be pairing with Lepani Botia in the midfield.

“I am grateful to the coaching staff for selecting me to play in the midfield and it’s not a new position for me, I’ve been playing it for a few games and it’s going to be big challenge,” he said.

“Lepani is big talented guy and I am really happy to team up with him.

“It has been two weeks of hard work, a lot of training as we prepare for this game.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity.”

Head coach John McKee spoke highly of Nayacalevu as he returns to play for his country again.

“It’s good to see Waisea Nayacalevu back in the Flying Fijians colours. He has been out of the group for couple of campaigns now due to some untimely injuries over the past two European seasons,” McKee said.

Nayacalevu’s unfortunate knee injury forced him out of the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

He hopes to make it to the final squad and try to avoid a repeat of what happened in England.

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