Fiji lose key flanker
October 13, 1999

Fiji have lost flanker Apenisai Naevo ahead of Saturday's Pool C decider with France.
The 26-year-old, who started the 67-18 thrashing of Namibia and came on as a replacement in last Saturday's 38-22 defeat of Canada, has failed to recover from a right thigh injury.
"It's a blow as Apenisai has been a very important player for us and contributed a lot in the previous two matches," said the teams media officer Garry Cunningham.
However Cunningham said there was better news regarding winger Imanueli Tikomaimakogai, who had been ruled out of the Canada match because of flu.
"He's had a couple of good run-arounds and is definitely available which with Marika Vunibaka not being suspended gives us a lot of choice out on the wing," he said.
Cunningham, who said the Fijians team would be announced after training on Thursday, added that the camp's major worry was the weather. "It won't be so good for us if it rains as it will make handling the ball much more difficult and that is our type of game whereas the French are equally good at playing it tight," he said.

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