Matavesi and Qera act as Fiji's English game experts
NO wonder Fiji twisted Akapusi Qera's arm for autumn international action – the coaches have picked his brains for inside information on Gloucester.
Worcester playmaker Josh Matavesi admitted the Fijian management have been making the most of their English connections for the start of their Northern Hemisphere tour.
Fiji might have lost out 54-12 to England at Twickenham on Saturday, but they will be hoping to hit back at the first attempt tomorrow – when they face Gloucester at Kingsholm (kick-off 7.45pm).
Former Exeter Chiefs and Racing Metro midfielder Matavesi said he has enjoyed playing a more central role in analysis and preparation.
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He explained: "They've put a lot of responsibility on me and Akapusi in the meetings.
"We've both played club rugby over here so they've asked us for our input on the English style of play.
"We've been involved a lot this week in establishing the game and that's been a great experience for me as one of the younger players."
Camborne-born Matavesi is itching for his first full-tilt Kingsholm experience – especially playing in front of The Shed for the first time.
He continued: "I can't wait to go down to Kingsholm and have a game in front of The Shed. This will be the first time I've played against the full Gloucester side.
"I did play A League for the Chiefs there a couple of years ago, but I don't think The Shed was open that night. So, I'm looking forward to the experience.
"I hope some of the Worcester supporters come down to give us some support.
"There's myself and Ravai Fatiaki in the squad and we'd love to see some familiar faces down there cheering us on.
"They love their rugby so I'm sure some of them will make their way down – they'd be very welcome!"