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Veitokani Now A Baabaa

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians first five-eighth Alivereti Veitokani has been drafted into the Barbarians squad to play Argentina in Twickenham on Sunday. This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Rugby Union
29 Nov 2018 11:12
Veitokani Now A Baabaa
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Alivereti Veitokani warms up before the Scotland game in Murrayfield Stadium on November 10, 2018. Photo: Ian Muir

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians first five-eighth Alivereti Veitokani has been drafted into the Barbarians squad to play Argentina in Twickenham on Sunday.

This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

Veitokani joins halfback Frank Lomani who was earlier named in the Barbarians by Rassie Erasmus.

Erasmus is the South African Springboks Coach.

After the historic 21-14 win over France, Veitokani flew straight to London, at the request of Barbarians coach Rassie Erasmus, while the rest of local based Flying Fijians returned home on Tuesday.

“I have been informed by team management that they were requested to release Veitokani to join the Barbarians side,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said that Veitokani is the second local-based player to join the Barbarians.

Veitokani and Lomani were the kingpin of the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side that won the Australian National Rugby Championship in October.

The Lomainasau, Tailevu, native came in as substitute during the November Test matches against Scotland, Uruguay and France.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is looking at Veitokani as a cover at No. 10 for Ben Volavola.

What Veitokani needs was game time and this is why he was included with seven Drua players to join the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians tour party for the November internationals.

A stint with the Barbarians will definitely help Lomani and Veitokani improve their game.

Meanwhile, Barbarians head coach Rassie Erasmus has named a strong squad, which includes 13 Springboks.

The Springbok mentor has opted to stick with the tried and trusted with World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Aphiwe Dyantyi and Player of the Year nominee Malcolm Marx amongst the South Africans included in the 23-man Baa-baas squad.

Apart from the strong South African contingent, there are players from seven other countries in the famous touring team’s Killik Cup squad.

Veteran back-row forward Juan Miguel Leguizamon, who has played in 85 Tests for Argentina, has also been included in the Baa-baas squad to take on his countrymen alongside former All Blacks and Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett.

In keeping with the Barbarians’ tradition, Crusaders back-row Jordan Taufua and former Melbourne Rebels first five eighth Jack Debreczeni, who will play for the Chiefs in 2019, are two uncapped players in the squad.

Edited by Osea Bola

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