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Our New Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain

Dominiko Waqaniburotu will lead the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in the three interna­tionals in Europe next month. He replaces Akapusi Qera in the No­vember tour party named by Fiji Air­ways
17 Oct 2018 17:23
Our New Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Dominiko Waqaniburotu will lead the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in the three interna­tionals in Europe next month.

He replaces Akapusi Qera in the No­vember tour party named by Fiji Air­ways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee yesterday.

The team consists of local and over­seas based players and sees the inclu­sion of Fiji Airways Drua players Jo­eli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mo­sese Voka, Frank Lomani, Alivereti Veitokani, and Albert Tuisue.

Qera has been having problems get­ting game time as he has yet to secure a rugby contract in France.

“Dominiko is our man in charge during the November internationals,”McKee said.

The Makadru, Matuku, Lau native tough man has been one of the main­stays of the team since he made his debut against the Wallabies in Can­berra in 2010.

He is a versatile forward who is equally at home in either the second or back row and he played in the Rug­by World Cup in 2011 and 2015.

McKee stressed the importance of this year’s November tour as this would be the last assembly before the 2019 Rugby World Cup which is now less than 12 months away.

“As our last match assembly before our 2019 RWC preparation the Novem­ber Tour takes an increased impor­tance in terms of developing our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians game style and improving our skills and fitness capacities to compete successfully at Test Match level,”he said.

“There will be a lot of focus on the two Tier 1 Test matches, Scotland and France, to measure our performance at this level. Uruguay is also an im­portant match for us with Uruguay being one of our Pool D opponents at the RWC 2019.

“Some new, younger, players will get an opportunity on this Tour. It is very important that these players re­ally step up on this Tour and make the most of their opportunity to put themselves in the selection frame for Japan 2019.

The team will kick off their cam­paign with the Reg. 9 Camp in Tou­louse, France from October 29 to No­vember 3.

Tour Matches:

nNov 10 vs Scotland, Edinburgh;

nNov 17 vs v Uruguay Hartpury Col­lege, England;

nNov 24 vs France at Stade de France, Paris

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad selected are:

Campese Maáfu, Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Sam Matavesi, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo, Ropate Rinakama, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Albert Tuisue, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Mosese Voka, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Frank Lomani, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Alivereti Veitokani, Eroni Va­siteri, Jale Vatubua, Semi Radradra,Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu, Metuisela Talebula, Eroni Sau.

Players on Standby: Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuapati Tale­maitoga, Api Ratuniyarawa, Semi Kunatani, Seru Vu­larika, Nikola Matawalu, Benito Masilevu, Sevanaia Galala.

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Waisea Naya­calevu, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa, Kini Mur­murivalu, Patrick Osbourne.

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