The preparations for the Rugby World Cup by Fiji have taken another step forward. As they have appointed a 38-man training squad for their next match against the Maori All Blacks and the Pacific Nations Cup. Fans are excited to get their online tickets for Rugby World Cup to see live performances of their favourite team and players.
The team, which will join the camp on July 1, will have nearly two weeks in the group before hosting the Maori All Blacks in Suva, and the return fixture in Auckland will be held a week later. With Fiji Pacific Nations Cup commitments in the air, they will face Japan at Kamaishi in the last week of July, before hosting Canada and Samoa in Suva in the first two weeks of August.
After the conclusion of these five matches, Fiji coach John McKee will make his final decision on the 31-man squad he will take to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Although the Montreal duo of Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa retired from international positions earlier this month, the 38-man squad, which is due to meet in July, is no shortage of stars.
Leone Nakarawa, Viliame Mata and Semi Kunatani top the striker group, while Semi Radradra stands out with Josua Tuisova and Filipo Nakosi, the duo of Toulon.
Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani, who had a decisive influence on the Irishman’s London bid for a promotion to the Gallagher Premiership, are also included, as well as his teammate Manasa Saulo. Newcastle Falcon’s quartets by Tevita Cavubati, Nemani Nagusa, Josh Matavesi and Vereniki Goneva, who will face the prospect of next season in the IPA Greene King championship, have also been selected.
A number of local players are also part of the team, many of whom have played for sides on the island. Such as Fijian Drua in the National Rugby Championship and Fijian Latui in the current Pacific Showcase Series, with McKee happy to have a mix of players involved.
There are certainly some very good local players competing for positions in the Rugby World Cup team. This is also an important moment for them as they are currently part of Swire Shipping Fijian Latui.
The time has come, with all the planning in place, I’m really looking forward to getting into the camp with the players from July 1st. We know that we have a lot of work to do between our assembly and our trip to Japan for our first match against Australia in the Rugby World Cup.
“The players have slowly filtered through the island. I hope that by the second week of June, almost all players will be back, with the exception of all French players whose teams qualify for the finals.”
McKee also paved the way for more local players and young talents, if they impressed enough of their respective opportunities.
38-man training Squad of Fiji for RWC:
Front Row: Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Luke Tagi, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Kalivati Tawake, Joeli Veitayaki, Tuvere Veremalua, Leeroy Atalifo, Mesulame Dolokoto, Sunia Koto, Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi, Eroni Mawi.
Second Row/Back Row: Jale Railala, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Tevita Cavubati, Johnny Dyer, Semi Kunatani, Mesulame Kunavalu, Temo Mayanavanua, Viliame Mata, Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Nemani Nagusa.
Half-backs: Peni Matawalu, Henri Senioli, Seru Vularika, Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu.
Inside Backs: Levani Botia, Sevanaia Galala, Josh Matavesi, Alivereti Veitokani, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola.
Outside Backs: Waisea Nayacelevu, Patrick Osbourne, Semi Radradra, Eroni Sau, Metuisela Talebula, Joshua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu, Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu, Kini Murimurivalu, Filipo Nakosi, Apisai Naqalevu.
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