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FNRL wants Civoniceva for WC

Written By : RITESH KUMAR. Former Australian Kangaroos forward Petero Civoniceva is likely to play for the Vodafone Fiji Bati at the Rugby League World Cup in October. Civoniceva is
03 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : RITESH KUMAR. Former Australian Kangaroos forward Petero Civoniceva is likely to play for the Vodafone Fiji Bati at the Rugby League World Cup in October.
Civoniceva is the captain of the Australian National Rugby League club Penrith Panthers.
Fiji Bati assistant manager Tomi Finau said the negotiations are underway with Civoniceva to play for the Fiji Bati at the world cup to be hosted by Australia.
“FNRL chairman Peni Musunamasi is away is Australia to meet with Civoniceva. He is interested to play at the RLWC. Civoniceva wants to play for the team before he retires and it will be good if he makes himself available,’’ Finau said.
Meanwhile Fiji Bati has named a strong 20-member squad for the friendly against Australian affiliated states team on June 17 at the National Stadium.
Tailevu Knights Colonial Cup forward Jim Patrick has been included in the team along Livai Saukuru who featured for Nadi in the Sanyo Cup.
“We have named a strong team that includes all the local based players for the game with Australia. The local players have to perform well in order to be included in the Fiji Bati squad for the RLWC,” said Finau.
“The two Australian technical advisor Max Ninnies along with Shane Morris will be in the country to select the local players to play in the world Cup. We have to submit names of the 40 players to RLWC organizers and then from that list we have to select 24 players,’’ he said.
The Fiji Bati side will play France and Scotland in the RLWC pool games and the side’s first game is against France on November 1.
Fiji Bati squad : Osea Sadrau, Jim Patrick, Semi Cakau, Neori Buli, Taniela Tuinasau, Jope Tuivanuavou, Livai Saukuru, Sitiveni Logaivau, Josateki Sovau, Sivirosi Lecandau, Epeli Soro, Joe Vueti , Kaliova Tani, Nasoni Yalatyala, Etika Rokobuli, Fero Tabakisuva, Atunaisa Turagaiviu, Jone Yacadrau, Viliame Cagibula, Jone Macilai.



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