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Flying Fijians Boost Latui

Saulo, Tikoirotuma add firepower in GRR tournament, says  Seruvakula
27 Feb 2020 09:14
Flying Fijians Boost Latui
From left; Fijian Latui tighthead prop Manasa Saulo and Ratunaisa Navuma during training at Fiji Airport ground in Namaka, Nadi on February 26, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tighthead prop Manasa Saulo and utility back Asaeli Tikoirotuma have joined the Fijian Latui side preparing for the 2020 Global Rapid Rugby tournament which starts next month.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians duo trained with the side in Nadi in its second week in camp before they face the China Lions (a team jointly supported by China Rugby and Bay of Plenty Rugby in New Zealand) on March 14 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

“They will assist the local boys and they bring a lot of experience as they have been playing professional rugby for the last 15 years. It will boost the side,” head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said.

“Tikoirotuma is a player and also the assistant backline coach as well.

“We have Manasa who has immense experience in the forwards and it is going to be good for the team.”

The side also had a scrimmaging session with the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors forwards at the Fiji Airport ground in Namaka, Nadi yesterday.

“We are doing this for the benefit of both the teams as the Warriors will be having their competition next week,”he said.

Other notable players in the Latui side include Eremasi Radrodro, Ratunaisa Navuma, Sakiusa Nakalevu, Levani Kurumudu, Cyril Reece, Penijamini Makutu, Timoci Sauvoli, Caleb Muntz, John Stewart and Leone Nawai.

Seruvakula confirmed the Latui and Warriors will be having a full 80 minute friendly match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Friday.

The Warriors play Samoa A next Friday at 5pm while Junior Japan face Tonga A in the opening round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge  at 2.30pm at the ANZ Stadium,Suva.

Edited by Osea Bola 

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