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20 Residents Prepare For Battle

Twenty players have been named to make up the Vodafone Fijian Residents squad for the Battle of the Bati in October 7 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Fijian National
29 Sep 2017 11:14
20 Residents Prepare For Battle

Twenty players have been named to make up the Vodafone Fijian Residents squad for the Battle of the Bati in October 7 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fijian National Rugby League (FNRL) chief executive officer Timoci Naleba highlighted the quality of players in the squad.

“It has been a tradition that we select the final Vodafone Fijian Bati squad for the Rugby League World Cup in October after the Battle of the Bati,” Naleba said.

“This year we have a strong Fijian Residents team simply because we have lifted our level of competition.

“We ran a trial on Wednesday and the selectors have picked 20 players.

“This year the Battle of Bati will be different from previous years based on the quality of players we have.

“We have seven players that represented the Fiji Bati last year.”

Vodafone Fijian Residents coach Joe Dakuitoga shared on the selection.

“We have selected players according to the statistics we got from the trials conducted last week.

“And in this Battle of Bati we have four capped players while 16 were previously part of the Fiji Residents team.

“The four players who have been outstanding throughout this season are Josua Roko, Sakiusa Gavidi, Joseva Senivonokula and Vereti Bukavesi.”

Vodafone Fijian Residents Squad

1.Tikiko Noke,  2. Joseva Senivonokula, 3 Iliesa Cakau, 4.Ilaitia Volavola, 5.Jowasa Drodrolagi, 6.Viliame Rakuli ( Captain),  7.Pio Seci, 8.Sakiusa Gavidi, 9.Ilami Susu, 10.Richard Fiu, 11. Ratu Luke Nadurutalo,  12.Josua Roko, 13. Roger Qoro, 14.Mosese Qionimacawa, 15.Kelevi Komaisavou, 16. Apakuki Tavodi, 17.Filipo Talei, 18. Etuate Tagicakibau, 19. Vereti Bukavesi, 20. Ilisavani Jegesa,

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