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Flying Fijians In Camp

Flying Fijians In Camp
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians reps from left; Eroni Mawi, Viliame Mata,Peni Ravai and Jope Nabau at Pacific Theological College in Suva on May 29, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 30
11:00 2018

Twenty four out of the 31 members of the Fiji Air­ways Flying Fijians squad have marched into camp in Suva yesterday.

This is in preparation for the June internationals against Samoa on June 9, Georgia on June 16 and Ton­ga on June 23.

Henry Seniloli, Jale Vatubua and Vereniki Goneva are expected to arrive into camp this week while Leone Nakarawa, Timoci Nagusa, Nemani Nadolo and Semi Radradra are expected to arrive next week.

“Goneva should be coming in on Wednesday, Nakarawa has finished his season last weekend but he got some club commitments while Na­dolo and Nagusa are playing in the French Top 14 final this weekend,” McKee said.

His main focus now is getting the players body conditioning and fit­ness level right.

“Our focus this week is particu­larly for players who have not been playing for weeks now. “We need to get some conditioning back into their bodies, little mix of fitness for the test matches and getting back some core skills.

“We will be doing a lot of work around our ruck areas and disci­pline so we don’t give away penal­ties.

“This will be a challenging series for us. This is also Samoa’s lead up to the Rugby World Cup qualifiers but for us we have got a good mix of new players, it’s going to be physi­cal.

“As for Georgia, we know how strong they will be upfront and Tonga has been proving themselves in previous years.

“We now have ambitious build up for the 2019 RWC and with the Pacif­ic team set up for the Super Rugby franchise will bring in a lot of ben­efits to us.”

The Fijians face Samoa in their PNC opener at the ANZ Stadium on June 9 and Georgia on June 16 at the ANZ Stadium and the final test against Tonga on June 23 at Churchill Park.

The Selected Players are:

Loose-head Prop – Campese Maá­fu, Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi.

Hooker – Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuvere Ver­emalua.

Tight-head Prop – Ropate Rinaka­ma, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Sau­lo.

Lock – Sikeli Nabou, Leone Na­karawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Albert Tuisue.

Back Row – Dominiko Waqanibu­rotu, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera.

Halfback – Henry Seniloli, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika

No .10 – Ben Volavola

Centre – Jale Vatubua, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radrara

Wing – Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa

Fullback – Kini Murimurivalu

Players on Standby – Eremasi Radrodro, Nikola Matawalu, Eroni Vasiteri, Patrick Osborne, Benito Masilevu, Seta Tuicuvu

Edited by Osea Bola


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