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Rory Best lands international coaching role ahead of Autumn

Former Ireland captain Rory Best has been announced as an assistant coach for Fiji’s upcoming Autumn Internationals.

Best has never coached with an international side before, but he has acted as a high performance skills coach with Major League Rugby side Seattle Seawolves, while he has also acted as a mentor for Ulster on occasion before.

Fiji announced their playing squad and coaching staff for their test matches against Spain, Wales and Georgia next month, and explained that only players and coaches based in the northern hemisphere have been included.

The team assembles on the 31st of this month to start their preparations, they then face Spain on the 6th of November in Madrid.

The Flying Fijians will travel to Wales and will face the Dragons on the 14th of November before wrapping up the Northern Hemisphere tour against Georgia six days later. The venue and time is yet to be confirmed.

Flying Fijians 28-member squad:

Loose Head Prop

Peni Ravai

Eroni Mawi


Samuel Matavesi

Peniami Narisia

Tight Head Prop

Luke Tagi

Mesake Doge

Leeroy Atalifo


Tevita Ratuva

Temo Mayanavanua

Albert Tuisue

Leone Nakarawa


Peceli Yato

Johnny Dyer


Masivesi Dakuwaqa *

Mesulame Kunavula

Bill Mata


Frank Lomani

Nikola Matawalu


Ben Volavola


Vilimoni Botitu *


Levani Botia

Eneriko Buliruarua


Waisea Nayacalevu

Josua Tuisova


Eroni Sau

Aminiasi Tuimaba *

Jiuta Wainiqolo *


Seta Tuicuvu

Key: * is for the debutants

Flying Fijians Test Matches:

7th November 2021

Test Match: Flying Fijians V Spain

Venue: Estadio Central UC, Madrid       

Kick Off: 2am

15th November 2021

Test Match: Flying Fijians V Wales

Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Kick Off: 4.15am

20th November 2021

Test Match: Flying Fijians V Georgia

Venue: TBC

Kick Off: TBC


“Would knock ****ing s**t outta ya!” – Joe Marler picks his dream front-row

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has selected his dream all-time front-row when picking his rugby dream team for

LOOSEHEAD-PROP: Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)

  • Major teams Blues, Highlanders, North Harbour, New Zealand
  • Position Prop
  • Caps 118

Marler said: “I think he was a farmer. He epitomised those earthy, no-nonsense values on the rugby field, getting on with the job. The player I looked up to most early in my career.”