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Skipper Cup: Nadi Recall Ex-Star Flanker For Today’s Must-Win Showdown

Former Flying Fijians flanker Naulia Dawai, will lead Nadi in today’s must win Skipper Cup clash against Nadroga at Prince Charles Park, Nadi. The vanua of Nadi is banking on
21 Aug 2020 10:31
Skipper Cup: Nadi Recall Ex-Star Flanker For Today’s Must-Win Showdown
Newly appointed Nadi rugby captain Naulia Dawai during training at Prince Charles Park, Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Former Flying Fijians flanker Naulia Dawai, will lead Nadi in today’s must win Skipper Cup clash against Nadroga at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

The vanua of Nadi is banking on Naulia to resurrect the team’s campaign after their loss to Suva and Lautoka.

The 33-year-old loosie played for Southland and Otago in the New Zealand National Provincial Championship. He has eight Test Caps for the Flying Fijians before signing up with Irish club Connacht. Now he plays for New England Freejacks in the Major League Rugby in the United States of America.

Nadi Rugby Union treasurer Jeff Tamata told SUNsports yesterday that they were placing a media ban.

But in an earlier interview this week, he said this was a critical match because they are aiming for a top four finish.

The Nadi side after four matches has only won one while Nadroga have won two of their matches.

“This is a critical game for both teams,” Tamata said.

Also making his return to the Nadi line-up is veteran Fijian Warriors fullback Isoa Donaldson.

This is Donaldson’s first return to the side since the 2016 season. He has been part of the US-based Fairfield Yankee Rugby Club. The Fairfield Yankees RFC is a Division II and IV Men’s and Division II Women’s Rugby Club based in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The match kicks-off at 5.30pm.

 

LINE-UPS

Nadi: 1. Veniona Toga, 2. Veremalua Vigakoto, 3. Josua Nabuilvou, 4. Peni Naruma. 5. Sivaniolo Lumelume, 6. Veniona Vuki, 7. Naulia Dawai (Captain), 8. Daniel Nawaqavonovono, 9. Marika Tivitivi, 10. Kavekini Varo, 11. Vilikesa Driu, 12. Vilive Aria, 13. Orisi Eravula, 14. Lisala Kubuisavusavu, 15. Isoa Donaldson.

Reserves: 16. Kenneth Delai, 17. Simione Tora, 18. Ron Katonivere, 19. Samuela Saqiwa, 20. Vilive Miramira, 21. Apisai Viriviri, 22. Sireli Tuidraki, 23. Navitalai Tuilawa.

Nadroga: 1. Timoci Sauvoli, 2. Mosese Gavidi, 3. Jone Koroiduadua, 4. Manueli Ratuniyarawa. 5. Sailasa Kerekere, 6. Ulaiasi Lawavou, 7. Rusiate Nasove, 8. Eremasi Radrodro, 9. Joseva Kuricuva, 10. Josese Kurokavu, 11. Avimeleki Nadeba, 12. Napolioni Nalagsa, 13. Sakiusa Gavidi, 14. Kavekini Tabu, 15. Lisala Hugavou.

Reserves: 16. Ratunaisa Navuma, 17. Taniela Vatunicoko, 18. Setefano Somoca, 19. Rupeni Nasiga, 20. Timoci Davu, 21. Suluka Tunaka, 22. Jiuta Lutumailagi, 23. Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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