Seven changes made to New Zealand Heartland XV

There are seven changes to the New Zealand Heartland XV for tonight's final tour match against Nadroga in Sigatoka.

"Nadroga is the champion side in Fiji. It will be a step up from the Nadi game and will be the toughest test for the boys on this tour," says coach Barry Matthews.

"We tired in the heat against Nadi, allowing them back in the game in the last 20 minutes. This game starts a bit later, so we are hoping it will be cooler and that our fitness will hold up for the full 80 minutes. We're looking forward to the encounter and are hoping the New Zealand Heartland XV will go undefeated on this tour."

The Heartland XV defeated Nadi 26-19 on Tuesday, though the final score flattered the home team.

Lemi Masoe of North Otago and Nete Caucau of Mid Canterbury are bracketed at second five.

Kickoff is at 7pm tonight from Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

NZ Heartland XV to play Nadroga: Sam Monaghan (Wairarapa-Bush), Te Rangatira Waitokia (Wanganui), James Hemara (King Country), Lemi Masoe (North Otago)/Nete Caucau (Mid Canterbury), Willie Paia'aua (Horowhenua Kapiti), James Lash (Buller), Lindsay Horrocks (Wanganui), Kieran Coll (South Canterbury, c), Dan Hytongue (Buller), Peter Rowe (Wanganui), Everard Reid (Poverty Bay), Josh Manning (West Coast), Viki Tofa (Wanganui), Jackson Donlan (Mid Canterbury), Ralph Darling (North Otago)
Reserves: Hayden Wisnewski (Thames Valley), Scott Cameron (Horowhenua Kapiti), Timaru Tafa (South Canterbury), Eddie Cranston (Wairarapa-Bush), Siua Moala (Poverty Bay), Zayn Tipping (King Country), Nete Caucau (Mid Canterbury)/John Koko (King Country), Maleli Sau (Mid Canterbury)

- NZ Herald

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