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Duo Debut For Exiles

New Fijian international signings Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani will make their debut for London Irish in the Greene King IPA Champion­ship clash with Richmond at the Madejski Stadium in
13 Jan 2019 10:19
Duo Debut For Exiles

New Fijian international signings Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani will make their debut for London Irish in the Greene King IPA Champion­ship clash with Richmond at the Madejski Stadium in London to­day.

Veitokani is set to make his debut from fullback with Tuisue ready to make an impact from the bench for the Exiles.

Both players are vying for spots in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Sep­tember.

Tuisue, a 6ft 2in, 114kg 25-year-old, can play in both the second and back rows, while 25-year-old first five-eighth Veitokani was the standout performer in the 2018 Aus­tralian National Rugby Champion­ship, winning the tournament’s Rising Star Award.

London Irish forwards coach George Skivington is impressed with how the duo adapted to the Exiles team culture.

“I have more to do with Albert than I do with Freddy (Veitokani), but Freddy looks an exciting talent. “Albert is a very physical player and is learning our systems quick­ly and has made a real impact on the training pitch, particularly in the contact area,”he said.

“We are looking forward to the Richmond game, they’ve done some good things. They are especially strong in the set piece, so we’ve worked hard for what should be an interesting match,”Skivington said.

Going into round 11 today, Lon­don Irish tops the standing with 44 points and are on track to be pro­moted to Premiership Rugby.

Matavesi, Seniloli, Qera

Other Flying Fijians playing the 12-side competition today are Sam Matavesi for the Cornish Pi­rates, Henry Seniloli for Doncas­ter Knights and Akapusi Qera for Hartpury RFC.

Matavesi and Seniloli played solid games for the Flying Fijians dur­ing the November internationals in Europe.

Former national captain Qera aims to play in his fourth RWC in Japan and knows the task would not be easy.

“I know they are more good loose-men in the squad but I’m not giving up. I know what to do,”Qera told Gloucester Live.

Former United States rep Andrew Durutalo plays for Ealing Tail­finders who are in second place, Cornish Pirates third, Seniloli’s Knights ninth and Qera’s Hart­pury FC 10th

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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