Botia, Dyer Play For Clubs

 Fiji Rugby clarifies that players were released by their respective clubs to join the Flying Fijians They had their reasons to stay away and their decisions are respected,  Their absence has given the chance to other players to play for the Flying Fijians
09 Nov 2021 11:54
Botia, Dyer Play For Clubs

Flying Fijians second five eight, Levani Botia and John Dyer played for their respective clubs during the French Top 14 competition last weekend.

Botia withdrew from the Flying Fijians squad for the November Tests as he was to undergo a knee operation later in the month.

Dyer had also pulled out for personal reason for the match against Spain and Wales and had indicated his availability for the Flying Fijians for the Georgia test.

He had been excused by Fiji Rugby since he had to sort out his family’s visas as they were joining him in Biarritz.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said they were aware of the matter.

“We had applied for Botia’s release, and his club was supportive before Botia personally came back to us that he was injured and could not make the team and was preparing to undergo surgery to his knee”, Oconnor said.

“We respected his decision, and it was an opportunity to use other players as well. Apisai Naqaliva was called up to replace him in the squad.

O’Connor also highlighted that’s Dyer club was also supportive of his release, but he (Dyer) personally asked to be released from the Flying Fijians for his personnel reasons and helping the family get to France.

“Family is always a priority for our players as such we have respected his request,” he said.

Botia was back at No.12 for La Rochelle as they scored an easy 26-3 win over Bordeaux.

Brive with winger Setareki Bituniyata and centre Seva Galala spearheaded their 12-10 win over Racing 92.

Veteran Jale Vatubua and Lekima Tagitagivalu were on the Pau run on team that beat Biarritz 33-21.

Biarriyz had Dyer at lock while Henry Speight and Tevita Kuridrani were in the backs.

Elusive winger Josua Vici started for Montpellier as they upset Stade Francais 31-27.

Castres with Adrea Cocagi and Filipo Nakosi did not have enough firepower as they went down 30-23 to Lyon.


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