Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors Head Coach Kele Leawere has named a young and energetic team for the opening World Rugby Pacific Challenge clash against Samoa A at ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow.

Leawere said “Our squad consists majority of the players who represented Fiji at the Junior World Championship in Argentina last year.”

He added “These players have a bright future and this is the right time to give them this opportunity.”

A powerful front-row consisting of hookers Meli Tuni, Joseva Nasaroa and hooker Lino Vasuinadi has been lined up.

Expect more physicality, strength and power in the forwards with Fijian 7s squad member Anasa Qaranivalu, towering Chris Minimbi, Vilive Miramira and Josateki Tuituba making up the pack.

An electric backline including Skipper Tuidraki Samusamuvodre and Simione Kuruvoli who were part of the Fijian Warriors side last year, form the halves combination supported by the experience of Filimino Savou in the midfield and Flying Fijian Jiuta Wainiqolo with speed on the wings.

Leawere said “We know we have a huge responsibility up our sleeves which we will try and deliver.

The Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors face Samoa A at 5om. In a match earlier Tonga A meets Junior Japan at 2.30pm. All the games will be played at ANZ Stadium.

Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors VS Samoa A

1. Meli Tuni

2. Lino Vasuinadi

3. Joseva Nasaroa

4. Isoa Nasilasila

5. Chris Minimbi

6. Anasa Qaranivalu

7. Vilive Miramira

8. Josateki Tuituba

9. Simione Kuruvoli

10. Tuidraki Samusamuvodre (c)

11. Epeli Momo

12. Filimoni Savou

13. Jonetani Vasurakauta

14. Jiuta Wainiqolo

15. Josateki Degei


16. Jone Naqiri

17. Immanuel Naciva

18. Apakuki Naivanawalu

19. Seeto Yabaki

20. Kitione Salawa

21. Taitusi Lulusini

22. Taniela Soqonawasaloa

23. Viliame Qalovi 

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