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Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Kane Evans with fans at Nadi Town on December 1, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
December 02
13:44 2017

Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Kane Evans is looking forward to join the Parramatta Eels in 2018.

And he hopes fellow Bati Jarryd Hayne will team-up with him.

The 25-year-old played for the Bati against the United States in the first game of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament after he injured his arm.

Evans signed a three-year contract with the Eels.

“I just keep my arm right for pre-season as I am going to Parramatta (Eels) next year so I will concentrate on that,” he said.

“A top four finish for Eels will be great and hopefully win the final, that’s the plan.”

Evans hopes he could be joined by Hayne.

“That’s the talk he is really private about his business so I don’t really know about it but I hope he comes,” he added.

“His inclusion will be a 100 per cent boost, hopefully he comes.”

Evans thanked the Fijian fans and supporters during their third time appearance in a row at a RLWC semi-final.

Fans welcomed the team on their way to Suva from Nadi yesterday.

“Everyone is so happy and nice and it is such a blessing to be back we are very thankful to everyone and very grateful to be here and I am enjoying my time,” he said.

He made his debut at the NRL in 2014 for the Sydney Roosters after a formidable stint in the Toyota Cup competition (Under-20).

Vodafone Fijian Bati reps Suliasi Vunivalu and Joe Lovodua with fans at Votua Village, Coral Coast on December 1, 2017. Photo: William Tabuya on Vodafone Fiji

Vodafone Fijian Bati reps Suliasi Vunivalu and Joe Lovodua with fans at Votua Village, Coral Coast on December 1, 2017. Photo: William Tabuya on Vodafone Fiji

TODAY’S PROGRAMME

Procession begins at 10am from the Suva Flea Market to Albert Park.

NAKUBUWAI JOINS RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils have signed Fijian prop Ben Nakubuwai from Gold Coast Titans for next season.

The 21-year-old played a major role in all of Fiji’s matches in the 2017  Rugby League World Cup, helping the Bati reach the semi-finals for the third time in succession.

Nakubuwai has been talked about Down Under as being the next Petero Civoniceva. He made two appearances in the NRL for the Titans, scoring one try.

And Red Devils head coach Ian Watson admitted that he was impressed with Nakubuwai during the World Cup.

He said: “I am really excited with the signing of Ben as he is an outstanding addition to our group.

“He’s a great bloke off the field with an attitude to graft hard for his teammates on it.

Vodafone Fijian Bati lock Tui Kamikamica  with fans along the Coral Coast on December 1, 2017.  Photo: William Tabuya on Vodafone Fiji

Vodafone Fijian Bati lock Tui Kamikamica with fans along the Coral Coast on December 1, 2017. Photo: William Tabuya on Vodafone Fiji

“His potential has been seen in the recent Rugby League World Cup with Fiji at just 21-years-old and with seven international appearances under his belt, he will add quality and enthusiasm to an already strong pack of forwards for 2018.

“He made his NRL debut this year and is coming over here to really create a name for himself. He is a player in the mould of Petero Civoniceva and it’s up to us to help him achieve these high standards that he and the club are striving towards.”

Nakubuwai could play his first game in a Salford shirt as early as January, subject to visa arrival, when they face neighbours Swinton in their first pre-season friendly..

Edited by  Osea  Bola

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