'What we have lived through is difficult' — Fiji given clean bill of health to play in Autumn Nations cup

A healthy Fiji have been cleared to make their first appearance in the Autumn Nations Cup when they face Georgia at Murrayfield this weekend.

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The Pacific Island nation has been forced to forfeit matches with France, Italy and Scotland after a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad.

But after the team was put in quarantine and returned a clean bill of health, the Flying Fijians are now set to belatedly take to the field.

The clash also sees the return of veteran winger and former Crusaders star Nemani Nadolo, who starts on the left flank.

Nadolo had retired from Test rugby last year.

"What we have lived through is difficult," head coach Vern Cotter said.

"In this kind of situation people grow and become better individuals and they have time to think and reflect.

"I think we have been able to do that as individuals and also as a team."

Cotter has named an inexperienced forward pack with flankers Johnny Dyer and Mesulame Kunavula, as well as lock Temo Mayanavanua, who make their international debuts.

Fiji squad to play Georgia:

1. Peni Ravai
2. Samuel Matavesi
3. Mesake Doge
4. Tevita Ratuva
5. Temo Mayanavanu
6. Johnny Dyer
7. Mesulame Kunavula
8. Albert Tuisue
9. Frank Lomani
10. Ben Volavola
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Levani Botia
13. Semi Radradra
14. Josua Tuisova
15. Kini Murimurivalu

16. Tevita Ikanivere
17. Haereiti Hetet
18. Samuela Tawake
19. Chris Minimbi
20. Manueli Ratuniyarawa
21. Simione Kuruvoli
22. Seru Vularika
23. Waisea Nayacalevu