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The Vodafone Flying Fijians have a strong pool of senior players that Coach John McKee can rely on to lead in the defence of the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup, which
03 Jun 2016 11:38
Our Men
Vodafone Flying Fijians extended squad; Standing L-R; Ben Volavola, head coach John McKee, Naulia Dawai,Cyril Reece,Samu Suguturaga,Aporosa Duwai,Mosese Voka, Nemia Kenatale,Osea Naganilau,Manager Bill Gadolo, Sunia Koto,Mesake Doge,Eremasi Radrodro,Isaia Nataba,Savenaca Tabakanalagi,Serupepeli Vularika,Mataiasi Ucutabua,Malakai Ravulo,Joeli Veitayaki, Sio Dickinson(Physio), Alan Muir( Scrum Coach), Simon Body(Strength and Conditioning) Kneeling; L-R; Mack Cammock(Strength and Conditioning), Joe Levula, Nacani Wakaya,Lepani Raiyala,Seremaia Bai,Dan Koroi, Mesulame Kunavula, Henry Seniloli, Nemani Raiwalui,Tevita Cavubati,Jale Sassen, Mosese Rauluni(Defence and Skills Coach) Sitting; L-R; Johnny Dyer, Frederick Hickes, Filimoni Savou, Frank Lomani. after training in Suva yesterday. Photo:Ronald Kumar.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians have a strong pool of senior players that Coach John McKee can rely on to lead in the defence of the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup, which starts next week.

This was after last year’s captain Akapusi Qera has ruled himself out.

These are senior players like Seremaia Bai, Vereniki Goneva, Sunia Koto and Malakai Ravulo.

“Akapusi played so well for Montpellier in the Top 14 competition in France,” McKee said.

“He has been a good leader for us during the PNC and Rugby World Cup last year.

“We still have a very strong group of senior players. We will have a leadership meeting and will name the captain and vice-captain on Monday.”

He said veteran Bai was an asset to the side.

“Bai has been a great player for Fiji over the years and is also a professional rugby player and it’s great to have him in the group,” McKee said.

“He will also be a good mentor for the younger players and he will hang up his boots after the Pacific Nations Cup.”

Locals join training

Joining in the Flying Fijians camp are 13  Telecom Fijian Warriors and two from the Vodafone Fijian U20 side.

The 15 players are Joeli Veitayaki, Osea Naganilau, Savenaca Tabakanalagi, Mataiasi Ucutabua, Joseva Levula, Johhny Dyer, Mesulame Kunavula, Mosese Voka, Franck Lomani, Filimoni Savou,  (U20),Frederick Hickes, Nacani Wakaya, Cyril Reece, Lepani Raiyala and Aporosa Duwai.

“We have had good quality training with the invited players from the Fiji Warriors and U20s. This is the reward for their good work that they have shown earlier this year,” McKee said.

“This environment sees how they react and train, I may not use them this year but I think about the make up of the squad for the 2019 RWC. In four years time we got to look at the younger players now,” he said.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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