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Rawaca In Flying Fijians Squad

Three national sevens squad members will play for the Vodafone Flying Fijians during the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup and the one-off test against Georgia in Suva  next month. Savenaca Rawaca,
21 May 2016 15:17
Rawaca In Flying Fijians Squad
Rawaca in action

Three national sevens squad members will play for the Vodafone Flying Fijians during the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup and the one-off test against Georgia in Suva  next month.

Savenaca Rawaca, Waisea Nayacalevu and Leone Nakarawa will march into camp with the 28-member squad named yesterday by Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach  John McKee

“They will play for the Flying Fijians before they joine the sevens team in camp,”McKee said.

The team consists of experienced players based largely on the team built over the past two years.

“This is a strong squad based largely on the team built over the past two years and at the same time taking the opportunity to introduce some younger players who have shown good form at Warriors level and deserve the opportunity to gain some experience at full international level with a view towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup” McKee said.

He added that the door was still open for players in the Top 14 finals in the France competition to join the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad should their team get knocked out.  These included 2015 RWC captain, Akapusi Qera and tight-head prop, Manasa Saulo.

There are also a few players in the Warriors squad who would be on standby and could be called up in case of injury.

FRU CEO,  John O’Connor highlighted that the current squad was selected focussed on achieving qualifications for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 as such includes most of senior players playing overseas. Our main priority for this Pacific Nations Cup and next years is to qualify for the RWC in 2019.

He has encouraged all the supporters to come down to ANZ Stadium in Suva and watch the Vodafone Flying Fijians take on the might of the Ikale Tahi Tonga, Manu Samoa and Georgia on the June 11, June 18 and June 24.

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