Former Rugby League sensation, Semi Radradra has been selected in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians for the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup and June Test Series.
The 25 year old is named in the centre alongside Jale Vatubua and France based Sevanaia Galala who will be making his debut for the side.
The side features a strong line-up of players.
With Campese Ma’afu leading the Props again and the off-load king Leone Nakarawa in the locks alongside Sikeli Nabou, Api Ratuniyarawa and Albert Tuisue.
The back row is laced with experienced players with Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nemani Nagusa and Akapusi Qera.
Halfback features Melbourne Rebels- Frank Lomani, Henry Seniloli and Serupepeli Vularika.
Robust players Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa have been selected in the wing position.
Nikola Matawalu and Eroni Vasiteri are part of the six players who will be on standby while Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato and Levani Botia have not been considered due to injury.
According to McKee, the players have been closely monitored and tracked prior to consideration for selection for the 2018 PNC which will be played over three rounds at Fiji’s ANZ Stadium in Suva and Churchill Park in Lautoka in June.
McKee said that the June Test Series would be very challenging and is an important one for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.
“With less than 18 months to RWC 2019 this June Test Series is very challenging and important for us in both terms of Fiji’s standing as the top Tier 2 Nation and with an eye towards our preparation for RWC 2019.”
“As good as some of our match performance was in 2017 we need to be better in 2018. Our performance levels must build towards 2019 to put us in the best position to have a successful RWC.”
“It will be very important for overseas based players to arrive at camp ready to hit the ground running. For players whose season finishes on the weekend of May 5th / 6th it will be important to attend Daily Training Exercises (DTEs) on return to Fiji.”
Mckee added that the locally based players will also have a chance to stake their claim for selection and could be included based on their performance in the Domestic Competition.
“It is important to note that players can be added to this list at any time, McKee said.
Three test matches will be held in Fiji, two in Suva and the third in Lautoka.
The Selected Players are:
Loose Head Prop – Campese Maáfu, Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi.
Hooker – Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuvere Veremalua.
Tight Head Prop – Ropate Rinakama, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo.
Lock – Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Albert Tuisue.
Back Row – Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera.
Half Back – Henry Seniloli, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika
Scrum Half – Ben Volavola
Centre – Jale Vatubua, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radrara
Wing – Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa
Full Back – Kini Murimurivalu
Players on Standby – Eremasi Radrodro, Nikola Matawalu, Eroni Vasiteri, Patrick Osbourne, Benito Masilevu, Seta Tuicuvu
Not Considered due to Injury – Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Levani Botia.
2018 Pacific Nations Cup Fixtures
|DATE||MATCH||KICK OFF TIME||VENUE|
|9 June 2018||Tonga v Georgia||1pm||ANZ Stadium|
|Fiji v Samoa||3.30PM||ANZ Stadium|
|16 June 2018||Samoa v Tonga||1pm||ANZ Stadium|
|Fiji v Georgia||3.30pm||ANZ Stadium|
|23 June 2018||Fiji Warriors v Fiji U20||1pm||Churchill Park|
|Fiji v Tonga||3pm||Churchill Park|