Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee has today released the names of a strong Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team for the Fiji November Internationals 2018.
The team consists of both local and overseas based players and sees the inclusion of Fiji Airways Drua players, Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani, Alivereti Veitokani, and Albert Tuisue.
McKee stressed the importance of this year’s November tour as this would be the last assembly before the 2019 Rugby World Cup assembly which is now less than 12 months away.
“As our last match assembly before our 2019 RWC preparation the November Tour takes an increased importance in terms of developing our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians game style and improving our skills and fitness capacities to compete successfully at Test Match level.”
“There will be a lot of focus on the two Tier 1 Test matches, Scotland and France, to measure our performance at this level leading towards 2019. Uruguay is also an important match for us with Uruguay being one of our Pool D opponents at RWC 2019.”
“Some new, younger, players will get an opportunity on this Tour. It is very important that these players really step up on this Tour and make the most of their opportunity to put themselves in the selection frame for Japan 2019 through their commitment to the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Test Match preparation and their performance in the Test Matches when they are presented with the opportunity and honour of representing Fiji” he added.
The team will kick off their campaign with the Reg. 9 Camp in Toulouse, France from 29 October, to 3 November, 2018 and will be captained by Dominiko Waqaniburotu.
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians November Tour Matches:
- Nov 10 – Fiji v Scotland, in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Nov 17 – Fiji v Uruguay, at Hartpury College, England
- Nov 24 – Fiji v France at Stade de France, Paris
The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Selected are:
Campese Maáfu, Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Sam Matavesi, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo, Ropate Rinakama, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Albert Tuisue, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Mosese Voka, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Frank Lomani, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Alivereti Veitokani, Eroni Vasiteri, Jale Vatubua, Semi Radradra,Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu, Metuisela Talebula, Eroni Sau.
Players on Standby: Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Api Ratuniyarawa, Semi Kunatani, Seru Vularika, Nikola Matawalu, Benito Masilevu, Sevanaia Galala.
Unavailable for selection due to injury: Waisea Nayacelevu, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa, Kini Murmurivalu, Patrick Osbourne.