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Lead Role For Naiqama

High flying Wests Tigers winger Kevin Naiqama is tipped to play a leading role for the Vodafone Fiji Bati when they face Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Saturday’s test in
28 Apr 2015 10:00
Lead Role For Naiqama

High flying Wests Tigers winger Kevin Naiqama is tipped to play a leading role for the Vodafone Fiji Bati when they face Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Saturday’s test in Gold Coast, Australia.

Coach Ricky Stone has released his line-up with Naiqama to at fullback leaving Melbourne Storm’s Marika Koroibete and St George IIIawarra Dragon’s Eto Nabuli on the wings.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Fiji National Rugby League chairman Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben said the team were a mixture of youth and experience.

“We are looking to the future,” he said.

“The players Rick has selected are to carry us to the next World Cup and beyond.”

Tough Manly Sea Eagles’ Brayden Williame is set to make his debut for the Bati. He is set to partner veteran South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Daryl Millard or Parramatta Eels’ Fabian Goodall at centre. Millard’s younger brother Ryan is to play at first-five where he is to combine with Penrith Panthers’ Apisai Koroisau.

In a surprise move Stone has included the 19-year-old Saifiti twins (Jacob and Daniel) in the forwards. The twins have been impressive during the NSW Cup competition where they have been playing for the Newcastle Knights.

Stoney has also called in Korbin Sims, Jayson Bukuya and Eloni Vunakece to beef up the forwards.

The three-local players of Tikiko Noke, Osea Sadaru and Timoci Ratulolo will take the field later in the game along with North Queensland Cowboys Under-20 centre Vili Kikau and Canterbury Bulldogs’s Tyrone Phillips.

Rev Reuben said FNRL was grateful to Stone, manager Ilaitia Naqau, co-coaches Petero Civoniceva and Josaia Rabele for putting the team together.

“I will be joining the team on Thursday and I ask the nation if we could remember them in our prayers,” he added.

Fiji: 1 Kevin Naiqama, 2 Marika Koroibete, 3 Fabian Goodall, 4 Brayden Wiliame, 5 Eto Nabuli, 6 Darryl Millard, 7 Ryan Millard, 8 Eloni Vunakece, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Daniel Saifiti, 11 Jason Bukuya, 12 Jacob Saifiti, 13 Korbin Sims

Interchange

14 Tyrone Phillips, 15 Viliame Kikau, 16 Tikio Koke, 17 Osea Sadrau, 18 Timoci Ratulolo Dabea

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