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RFMF: Yes, We Can

Rokowailoa said the intensity of winning the Ratu Sukuna Bowl has a big impact on the lives of the officers in the RFMF.
22 Nov 2019 13:05
RFMF: Yes, We Can
Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) deputy commander Brigadier- General Mohammed Aziz (right) hands over the jersey of captain Sireli Ledua while team manager Major Elia Rokowailoa looks on during the jersey presentation at the Queen Elizabeth Barrack chapel in Nabua, Suva, on November 21, 2019. Photo: RFMF Media

 

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) rugby team is confident of winning back the Ratu Sukuna Bowl at the ANZ Stadium, Suva today.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, team manager Major Elia Rokowailoa said nothing is going to stop them from beating Police.

Police claimed the Bowl last year after beating RFMF 41-17.

“We’ve been preparing well and we are confident of taking back what belongs at Delainabua and that is the Sukuna Bowl,” the former national rugby star said.

“We’re ready for the battle so the team is injury free and are focused on the game tomorrow against Police.”

Rokowailoa said despite talks about prominent players being fielded by both teams, they are focused solely on winning the clash when the dust settles at the ANZ Stadium.

“We’ll come out victorious and take back what belongs to us,” he reiterated.

Rokowailoa said the intensity of winning the Ratu Sukuna Bowl has a big impact on the lives of the officers in the RFMF.

“They can be playing for the Drua, Latui or any other team but when it comes to the Sukuna Bowl it’s a different level altogether. It’s all about guts and glory,” he said.

The Police side had their final training run at the Pacific Theological College ground.

The team officials remained tightlipped as they opted to keep a low profile for today’s encounter.

Rokowailoa said after last year’s win by Police a lot has been said about the Law Enforcers coming in as favourites.

“We would like to say that 2019 will be a different year. We like reassure our families and comrades serving overseas that we will make them happy tomorrow.”

The RFMF side have retained most of their players who recently successfully defended the International Defence Rugby Competition in Japan.

They are captained by hooker Sireli Ledua with second-five eight John Stewart being the vice-captain.

 

LINE-UP

RFMF: 1. Vesi Rarawa, 2. Sireli Ledua, 3. Benji Makutu, 4. Manoa Tamaya, 5. Peni Naulago, 6. Elia Canakaivata, 7. Vasikali Mudu, 8. Filimoni Seru, 9. Leone Nawai, 10. Jone Manu, 11. Levani Kurumudu, 12. John Stewart, 13. Apisalome Vota, 14. Gabby Matakiviwa, 15. Jeke Suguturaga.

Reserves: 16. Manasa Tuidraki, 17. Mateo Qolisese, 18. Seveci Naisilisili, 19. Tuifagalele Sorovakatini, 20. Inia Tukere, 21. Mosese Lomavere, 22. Jitoko Usumaki, 23. Aporos Kenatale, 24. Vilive Aria, 25. Epi Cokanasiga

 

POLICE: 1. Jim Sauvoli, 2. Jerry Naureure, 3. Jone Kuruduadua, 4. Jone Delana, 5. Necani Nawaqatabu, 6. Sireli Kaloucava, 7. Jone Navori, 8. Eremasi Radrodro, 9. Emosi Vucago, 10. Kini Douglas, 11. Joeli Lutumailagi, 12. Ifereimi Tovilevu, 13. Mesake Tuinamena, 14, Rusiate Matai, 15. Apisalome Waqatabu.

Reserves: 16. Ratunaisa Navuma, 17. Inoke Ravuiwasa, 18. Joeli Veitayaki, 19. Sailosi Dawai, 20. Vetaia Tiko, 21. Joe Kuricuva, 22. Meli Kurisaru, 23. Inia Rokomatu.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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