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Yato Pulls Out

The Vodafone Flying Fijians left for Tonga yesterday without fiery flanker Peceli Yato. It is understood that Yato pulled out of the team in the eleventh-hour because of personal commitments.
05 Jul 2017 11:00
Yato Pulls Out
Vodafone Flying Fijians forward Dominiko waqaniburotu welcomed by Fijian supporters at Fua’amotu International Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on July 4, 2017. Photo: Iliesa Tora, Nuku’alofa Times

The Vodafone Flying Fijians left for Tonga yesterday without fiery flanker Peceli Yato. It is understood that Yato pulled out of the team in the eleventh-hour because of personal commitments.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, rugged flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu said playing Tonga without Yato, Albert Vulivuli and Kini Murimurivalu is not going to affect the team.

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee with Fijian supporters at Fua’amotu International Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on July 4, 2017. Photo: Iliesa Tora, Nuku’alofa Times

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee with Fijian supporters at Fua’amotu International Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on July 4, 2017.
Photo: Iliesa Tora, Nuku’alofa Times

“We’ve come a long way in the last four weeks and we’ve players to fill in the spots and they are excited to play,” he said.

“Donning the Fijian jumper is a great feeling but it comes with responsibility and expectations as well. It is our job to feel for the jersey we’re wearing and do what we’re good at.”

The 31-year-old who plays for Top 14 French club Brive said playing Tonga is always tough.

“The competition in the team is really strong with a lot of strong players in each position. We still have to compete for a spot against Tonga and Samoa.

Vodafone Flying Fijians forward Dominiko waqaniburotu welcomed by Fijian supporters at Fua’amotu International Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on July 4, 2017. Photo: Iliesa Tora, Nuku’alofa Times

Vodafone Flying Fijians forward Dominiko waqaniburotu welcomed by Fijian supporters at Fua’amotu International Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on July 4, 2017.
Photo: Iliesa Tora, Nuku’alofa Times

“These are games, we want to play and that is why we are competing for a spot. Playing Tonga is always physical and now we’re playing on their homeland and it will be even tougher. We will be facing a good Tongan team that played against Samoa. We’re doing our homework and we’re ready for them.”

It is believed that utility forward Sikeli Nabou could be joining the team sometime this week.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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