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7 For The Baabaas

This was confirmed yesterday by Flying Fijians and Barbarians head coach Vern Cotter.
18 Oct 2020 13:28
7 For The Baabaas
Haereiti Hete, Manueli Ratuniyarawa and Rusiate Nasove.

Robust Nadroga flanker Rusiate Nasove is among the seven Fijian players named in the British Barbarians side to play England for the Quilter Cup at Twickenham on October 25.

This was confirmed yesterday by Flying Fijians and Barbarians head coach Vern Cotter.

Cotter said he had been impressed with Nasove.

“Although he (Nasove) was a sevens contracted player, he was released by Gareth (Baber) to gain experience at the highest level,” he said.

The other Fijian players in the Barbarians side are Haereiti Hete, Tevita Ikanivere, Samuela Tawake, Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Simione Kuruvoli and Serupepeli Vularika.

Cotter said these players were joining the Barbarians camp first and it was a great opportunity for them to meet up with some of the world’s great players.

“We will join up with the remainder of the Flying Fijians squad in France after this (England) match,” he said.

The Barbarians experience will help their preparations for the Flying Fijians and the Autumn Internationals.

Meanwhile, renowned players like Sean Maitland, Manu Vunipola and former England captain Chris Robshaw have teamed with an exciting mix of talents for the Barbarians squad.

Cotter said the addition of these players into the squad bring an exciting mix of versatility, experience and youth.

“We are collecting a very strong mix of players and are looking forward to getting together in camp next week and creating a Barbarians team that will deliver the brand of rugby with flair, passion and excitement for which we’re known across the world,” he added.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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