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Tabua calls in robust centre

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Blockbusting centre Saula Radidi is likely to make his debut for the Flying Fijians against Samoa this Saturday. This was after Stormers Super 14
02 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Blockbusting centre Saula Radidi is likely to make his debut for the Flying Fijians against Samoa this Saturday.
This was after Stormers Super 14 star Sireli Naqelevuki and Toulouse centre Maleli Kunavore were missing from camp.
Radidi who is in the Fiji Warriors squad got national coach Ilivasi Tabua’s attention during a hit out between the national side and the Warriors at Lawaqa Park yesterday.
Tabua asked him to try on the national jumper after he created havoc in midfield while playing for the Warriors.
The Knights centre could be celebrating his birthday with a national call up for the Pacific Nations Cup.
Radidi turns 24 on Wednesday and he was based in New Zealand before returning for the Colonial Cup competition.
Gloucester flanker Akapusi Qera and Clermont winger Vilimoni Delasau will join the side later this week.
Flying Fijians manager Ratu Isoa Gavidi said if the overseas based- players don’t arrive then their back up plan is to get players from the Fiji Warriors outfit.
Gavidi said Delasau would join the side today and Qera would be in the country tomorrow.
Gavidi said the national team management would get the elite players from the Warriors camp if the need arises.
He said they had contacted Naqelevuki’s club in South Africa.
“We have been told by his club in South Africa that he is coming,” Gavidi said.
“The coaches have got their eyes on players to stand in (if the overseas players don’t arrive).”
The bulk of the World Cup side has joined the side for the match against Samoa at Churchill Park.
New Zealand based- winger Michael Tagicakibau sat out at yesterday’s training run along with Kameli Ratuvou.
Nippy scrumhalf Mosese Rauluni is expected to captain the side with Kele Leawere as his assistant.
Flying Fijians :Graham Dewes, Sunia Koto, Kele Leawere, Wame Lewaravu, Semisi Naevo, Akapusi Qera, Jone Railomo, Aca Ratuva, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Vereniki Sauturaga, Viliame Seuseu, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Netani Talei, Deryck Thomas, Filimoni Delasau, Vereniki Goneva, Maleli Kunavore, Waisea Luveniyali, Timoci Nagusa, Sireli Naqelevuki, Kameli Ratuvou, Jonetani Ralulu, Mosese Rauluni, Dan Rawaqa, Michael Tagicakibau, Aporosa Vata.



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