Rugby

Henry Seniloli Joins Fijian Latui

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they are confident after their 37-31 win over Kagifa Samoa in Auckland, New Zealand two weeks ago.
19 Jun 2019 11:04
Henry Seniloli Joins Fijian Latui
Swire Shipping Fijian Latui winger Joeli Lutumailagi stands over a team-mate as halfback Henry Seniloli (obscured) to deliver to a waiting Johnny Dyer during training at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on June 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

England-based halfback Henry Seniloli has joined the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui side as they prepare for Friday’s clash against Western Force in the Global Rapid Rugby clash.

Travelling to Perth, the Latui are trying to turn the tables on the Force after they came out second best in their first encounter at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they are confident after their 37-31 win over Kagifa Samoa in Auckland, New Zealand two weeks ago.

He also highlighted that this the right time to get Seniloli into the team after consultation with Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee.

“We are confident to go out there and give Force a good game,” he said.

“I believe in these local boys and this is a big challenge for us. We need to be very smart in how we play and managed those 70 metres on the ground. We’ve two good halfbacks in Seru Vularika and Henry.”

Against the Samoans, the Latui fielded Flying Fijian backrower, Sikeli Nabou.

Latui captain Mosese Voka said they are working on their lineout and scrums.

“We will stick to our game plan and we’re looking forward to the game,” he added.

FLYING FIJIANS

Also with the Fijian Latui during training at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, was McKee.

Speaking to SUNsports, McKee said the Flying Fijians are excited as they are getting closer to their first camp as they gear towards the Rugby World Cup in Spetember.

“They will be in camp on July 1 and will undergo medical and physical screenings.

“Then there is a trial on July 2. We will travel down to the Coral Coast to prepare.

“From there we will travel back to Suva for our game against the New Zealand Maoris. From Suva we’ll travel to New Zealand for the return match.”

McKee said they are also expecting a tough Test match against Japan on July 27 at the Kamaichi Recovery Stadium.

“They are a good side and we want to start well so we can defend the (Pacific Nations Cup) title. It is going to be a big game for us in Japan and it’s good to see our younger players pushing through from our programmes here in Fiji.

“We expect these young players to perform well and will really be pressing hard to make it to the final selection,” McKee added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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