As England assemble a quirky backline featuring Smith at full-back, Raiwalui has retained Vilimoni Botitu for what will be just a third start of his professional career in the fly-half position.
Sam Matavesi, the Northampton Saints hooker, has moved to the bench following the death of his father, Sireli, having returned to France from Cornwall, where he had spent time with his family, on Friday morning. Tevita Ikanivere will start in the middle of the front row.
Meanwhile, Albert Tuisue, the Gloucester forward, has been deployed at lock in what would appear to be a concerted attempt to go after England’s breakdown. “I’ve been moved to the second row and I’ll bring what I’ve been known for: aggression in the ruck,” said Tuisue.
Although Fiji warmed up for the World Cup by overturning England 30-22 at Twickenham, Raiwalui played down the significance of that result.
“England had a lot of flak from the press and the public about the way they were playing before the actual World Cup,” he said. “But they play a brand of rugby to win the game, so tactically they are very good. They’re powerful with a great set piece, so we are expecting those challenges coming at us this weekend.”
Fiji XV: Droasese; Habosi, Nayacalevu (capt), Tuisova, Radradra; Botitu, Lomani; Mawi, Ikanivere, Tagi, Nasilasila, Tuisue, Tagitagivalu, Botia, Mata.
Replacements: Matavesi, Ravai, Doge, Derenalagi, Miramira, Kuruvoli, Masi, Maqala.