November 09, 2012
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England wary of Goneva-Naqelevuki pairing

England coach Stuart Lancaster has issued a word of caution to their supporters who are anticipating a sound thrashing of Fiji when they meet at 3.30am Sunday (Fiji Time).

"If people think we're going to turn up and put 50 points on them … It's going to be a completely different game,” he told English media.

““Just look at their centres, Vereneki Goneva of Leicester and Exeter’s Sireli Naqelevuki, probably two of the most dangerous attacking players in the Premiership.

“These guys strike terror in defences and Fiji will be out to smash us at every opportunity. If we become loose, they will punish us.”

This weekend's match is the start of four weeks of international action for the Red Rose which will see them also facing Australia, South Africa and world champions New Zealand at Twickenham.

England's team to face Fiji includes debutant hooker Tom Youngs.
Head-to-head record between England and Fiji ahead of their international at Twickenham on Saturday:

Fiji – England head-to-head
Played:
4
England wins: 4
Highest Scores: England 58-23, 1989; Fiji 24-45
Biggest Wins: England 58-23, 1989; Fiji n/a
Last four results
1988 Suva: ENG 25-12
1989 Twickenham: ENG 58-23
1991 Suva: ENG 28-12
1999 Twickenham (WC): ENG 45-24
Note: WC = World Cup

England (15-1)
Alex Goode; Charlie Sharples, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Ugo Monye; Toby Flood, Danny Care; Thomas Waldrom, Chris Robshaw (capt), Tom Johnson; Geoff Parling, Tom Palmer; Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler
Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown

Fiji (15-1)
Simeli Koniferedi; Samu Wara, Vereniki Goneva, Sireli Naqelevuki, Watisoni Votu; Metuisela Talebula, Nikola Matawalu; Akapusi Qera, Malaki Ravulo, Api Naikatini; Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa; Deacon Manu (capt), Viliame Veikoso, Penijamini Makutu
Replacements: Seremaia Naureure, Setefano Samoca, Manasa Saulo, Sekonaia Kalou, Iliesa Ratuva, Kelemedi Bola, Josh Matavesi, Ravai Fatiaki

Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL)

Photo: Fiji Rugby
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