Fiji Rugby Head Coach John McKee has named a young and local based players in the 27-member wider Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the Barbarians test match next month in London.

With the top Northern Hemisphere professional players unavailable, this is an opportunity for locally based, up and coming players part of New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup, and up and coming players in France.

The Flying Fijians squad is dominated by 13 Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players who played a vital role for the team in the National Rugby Championship this season.

Locks Temo Mayanavanua, Sikeli Nabou, Viliame Rarasea and flanker Saimoni Uluninakauvadra who have been part of the current Mitre 10 Cup have also been drafted into the squad as we start to build up for the next World Cup. Utility back Asaeli Tikoirotuma has been included to add some experience in the very young backline

Eroni Mawi, Mosese Voka, Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto and Frank Lomani are the only three players who are available from the Rugby World Cup squad in Japan.

Experience will be important with the inclusion of locally based Flying Fijians and some key position experienced players out of New Zealand.

McKee is still awaiting confirmation from Reds fly-half Teti Tela and Eroni Sau. A few young players playing in France have also indicated their availability and the FRU is working with their Clubs to confirm their availability

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians face Barbarians on the 16th of this next month at Twickenham Stadium in London.

The match is expected to be an important test for these players who will face Eddie Jones coached Barbarians.

 

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians wider-training squad

 Loose Head Prop

Eroni Mawi

Joeli Veitayaki

Hooker

Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto

Tevita Ikanivere
Tight Head Prop

Samuela Tawake

Mosese Ducivaki

Locks

Temo Mayanavanua

Tevita Naqali

Sikeli Nabou

Viliame Rarasea

 

Flankers

Mosese Voka

Johnny Dyer

Saimoni Uluinakauvadra

Number Eight

Eremasi Radrodro

Half Back

Frank Lomani

Peni Matawalu

Fly Half

Teti Tela/Jone Manu

Caleb Muntz

Wingers

Juita Wainiqolo

Tira Patterson

Eroni Sau/Patrick Osbourne

 Centres

Cyril Reece

Asaeli Tikoirotuma

Apisalome Vota

Fullback

Enele Malele

Osea Waqa

Utility

Serupepeli Vularika

France based players being considered if released: Fredrick Hickes, Laijiasa Bolenaivalu, Watisoni Votu, Isei Colati, Sunia Tamani, Seva Domoni.

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