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Naqelevuki extends contract

Written By : Sun Fiji Sporsdesk. Sireli Naqelevuki has extended his contract with Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd until October 31 next year. He is due to arrive today for
29 May 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji Sporsdesk. Sireli Naqelevuki has extended his contract with Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd until October 31 next year.
He is due to arrive today for the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in June, complicating matters for WP coach Allister Coetzee.
Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby, confirmed on Wednesday that Naqelevuki’s contract had been extended.
This is good news for Coetzee but with the big Fijian away and 10 other members of the Stormers team selected for the Springbok squad, Coetzee has to build a new WP backline.
Province play a combined Eastern Cape team in a friendly in East London on Saturday. Lock Francois van der Merwe, who has played Super 14 rugby, will captain the team.
“With several of our senior players called up for national duty and others resting after the Super 14, I’ve decided to select a young team for our first warm-up match,” Coetzee said.
“The match is an opportunity for us to test our depth and a chance for the players to show what they can do before the Currie Cup season starts.
Sapa reports from East London that former Springbok flank Solly Tyibilika will captain the combined team in the compulsory friendly.
The side, effectively an East Cape XV, will play as the Border Bulldogs. “That is the fixture; they can select whom they want,” Stephen Roos of the SA Rugby Union said on Wednesday.
The side is dominated by Eastern Province players. Only eight Border players have been included in the squad of 24.
A combined side representing three unions was to be selected but because of a financial dispute South Western Districts withdrew their players from trials held in Port Elizabeth last weekend.
The selection of the combined team was regarded as the first step to resurrecting the Southern Eastern Cape Super 14 franchise, the Spears.
SWD, whose withdrawal severely weakened the team to play WP, have indicated that they will go it alone in their compulsory friendly against the Blue Bulls on June 6. – Sapa


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