November 17, 2012
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We want to be proud of our efforts: Male

Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male is not offended by the Irish’s decision not to classify their meeting at 6.30am tomorrow (Fiji Time) as a Test match.

"Whether there are eight people there or 80,000, it is all the same to us. We want to be proud of our efforts,” Male said in an interview with independent.ie.website.

Fiji plays the Ireland XVs in their third of four matches on their Northern Hemisphere tour – coming into the game with two losses from two to England and Gloucester.

Manu admits that, after a heavy defeat against England and a narrow loss to Gloucester, taking the scalp of Ireland would be a prized effort.

"It would be huge for the guys," he agrees. "It's important to get some momentum going into the Georgia game."

His captain, Deacon Manu echoed the same sentiments.

"We're still representing our country and that is a huge honour,” said the Scarlets prop.

"There are opportunities for guys to put hands up and cement a place for the following week.

"We don't get influenced by the team in front of us or the size of the venue or the size of the crowd, we're just there to get things right for us moving forward."

Match Facts
Head-to-head

Ireland have three wins in three official Test meetings against Fiji. The Islanders have also taken on an Ireland XV twice, both of which also ended in defeat.
Four of the five meetings have happened in Ireland, with Fiji conceding a total of 119 points in these games.

Ireland
 Have lost their last five Tests. In that losing run, they have shipped 170 points.
 Lost three of their own line-outs against South Africa last weekend.
 Have scored 15 tries in nine internationals this year.

Fiji
Have lost six of their last eight internationals, conceding an average of 37 points per match.
They have played against England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales (and their representative XVs) 32 times. But they have won just twice: once against Scotland and once against Wales.

Team line-ups
Ireland:
15- Hurley, 14- McFadden, 13- Cave, 12- Marshall, 11- Gilroy, 10- Jackson, 9- Murray; 8- Heaslip, 7- Muldoon, 6- Henderson, 5- Tuohy, 4- O'Callaghan, 3- Ross, 2- Cronin,  1- Kilcoyne
Replacements: 16- Strauss, 17- Healy, 18- Bent, 19- Ryan, 20- Henry, 21- Marshall, 22- Sexton, 23- Zebo

Fiji: 15- Talebula, 14- Koniferedi, 13- Goneva, 12- Matavesi, 11- Votu, 10- Ralulu, 9- Matawalu, 8- Nagusa, 7- Ravulo, 6- Ratuva, 5- Naikatini, 4- Nakarawa, 3- Manu, 2- Veikoso,  1- Yanuyanutawa
Replacements: 16- Tuapati, 17- Saulo, 18- Somoca, 19- Ratuniyarawa, 20- Domolailai, 21- Bolatagane, 22- Radidi, 23- Matanavou

Match Officials
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Touch judges: Neil Hennessy and Sean Brickell (both Wales)

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