Tagicakibau ready for Wales test
Fiji flyer Michael Tagicakibau is relishing the prospect of taking on Wales wingers George North and Aled Brew in Friday night's Test at the Millennium Stadium.
Saracens star Tagicakibau, 25, has proven to be one of the Aviva Premiership club's most consistent performers over the past two seasons but knows he and fellow wide man Vereniki Goneva will have their hands full with North and Brew.
"I have heard a bit about them," he said. "But, to be honest, I have not seen a great deal of them. I am looking forward to the challenge and the chance to show what I can do and hopefully it will be a good game. I am also looking forward to playing at the ground. I have watched many games that have been played there and I cannot wait to get out there."
Tagicakibau, brother of Samoa and London Irish star Sailosi, is one of eight changes made by coach Sam Domoni to the side beaten 34-12 by France last weekend.
But Domoni is adamant that his side have the talent and belief to repeat their shock win over Wales the last time the two sides met.
That 38-34 win for the South Sea Islanders in Nantes was enough to dump Wales out of the 2007 World Cup in the pool stages, leading to the sacking of Gareth Jenkins and the appointment of current incumbent Warren Gatland as the national coach.
While there can be no doubt that Wales have progressed under the New Zealander they enter this game on the back of five-straight losses, including autumn reverses against Australia and South Africa.
And Domoni believes his men can take advantage of that poor run.
"We have a squad we can mix and match and our chances are good, compared to our lack of preparation time for last week's game," he said.
"The boys have had more time around each other and more time to gel. We have a good backline and a good pack of forwards and we are backing ourselves and playing for each other, it should be a cracker of a game."