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Bati Top Guns Set

A 25-member Fiji Bati squad is assembling in Australia, week before the June Test match against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.
10 May 2022 12:34
Bati Top Guns Set
Powerhouse Penrith Panthers prop Viliame Kikau is confirmed to represent the Fiji Bati in the June Test and World Cup.

A 25-member Fiji Bati squad is assem­bling in Australia, week before the June Test match against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.

The power packed squad include expe­rienced campaigners like Viliame Kikau, Apisai Koroisau, Mikaele Ravulawa, Maika Sivo, Semi Valemei and Tui Kamikamica.

Their presence was disclosed to SUNsports by Bati head coach Josaia Rabele following his return from Australia where he met the players.

“I have selected the players that can do the job,” Rabele said.

“In this test I want to try out all our NRL players,those playing in the NSW and Queensland Cups,” he said.

“The reason for selecting these players is because they haven’t played any test match the past two years.

“This is the time for us to go through our game structure against the strong Kumuls side before the World Cup.”

Rabele said the NRL players have con­firmed their availability for the June test and the Rugby League World Cup from Octo­ber 15 to November 19.

Part of the discussion was administration.

“Among the 25 players we will have three local-based players.

“We will see where they can fit in.

“The three local-based players will travel with us to try out the Fiji Bati environment. They will experience how the players train, live in camp and prepare themselves.

“It will be a big opportunity for them to fa­miliarise themselves to such a call.”

He added that the session which they met up with the NRL players was a successful one.

“It was a fruitful trip as we managed to meet a lot of senior players,” he said.

“For the rest of the players we held a zoom sessions regarding the June Test and World Cup preparations.

“It was a blessing for us to go over because we were able to meet majority of them in person. It’s been two years since we last had a test.

“We are all looking forward to these big events on our calendar, the test and prepara­tory works leading to the World Cup and the World Cup.”


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