New Zealand will get no second chances when they face Fiji
Last Updated: 17/11/17 10:34am
There are no more second chances for New Zealand as they look to bounce back from their shock World Cup defeat by Tonga.
The runners-up spot in their group means the Kiwis face a tricky quarter-final on Saturday against Fiji, who are aiming to reach a third successive semi-final, while Tonga's reward is a last-eight clash with minnows Lebanon.
New Zealand coach David Kidwell has reacted to his side's defeat by Tonga by axing Wigan hooker Thomas Leuluai and promoting stand-off Te Maire Martin to the starting line-up for the game in Wellington.
Warrington's Toronto-bound prop Ashton Sims, who will win his 11th cap for Fiji, is anticipating a close-fought battle.
"It doesn't matter who puts on that Kiwi jersey, there is always that pride and passion there, and it is the same with the Fiji Bati," said 32-year-old Sims.
"Whoever we put in that white jersey, we know they are going to play 100 per cent, so that will make a great game come Saturday."
Wellington's Danny Levi will make his first start for the Kiwis in the number nine shirt, while Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine and Nelson Asofa-Solomona will also get their chance to play in front of their home fans.
Fiji coach Michael Potter has named an unchanged starting side, bringing in Ben Nakubuwai in place of James Storer on the bench.
Tonga have former Kangaroos centre Michael Jennings back from injury, taking the place of Hull's Mahe Fonua, and Catalans Dragons prop Sam Moa also returns after missing the win over New Zealand.
Cedars coach Brad Fittler has been able to pick from just 20 players due to injury for the game in Christchurch.