Toulon utility back Semi Radrada has been named in Fiji coach John McKee’s squad for the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup and June Test Series.
The former Rugby League star, who is moving to Bordeaux-Bègles at the end of the season, is set to make his Test debut for the Pacific islanders and is part of a strong 30-man squad which includes fellow game-breakers in Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova and Nemani Nadolo.
According to McKee, the players have been closely monitored and tracked prior to consideration for selection for the Pacific Nations Cup.
Hosts Fiji and fellow Pacific nations Tonga and Samoa will be joined by the National team of Georgia during the June international window to compete for the Cup.
McKee said that the June Test Series would be very challenging and is an important one for the 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,” he said.
“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 finished on the weekend of May 5 6 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,” he said.
Three Test matches will be held in Fiji, two in Suva and the third in Lautoka.
Forwards: Campese Maáfu, Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuvere Veremalua, Ropate Rinakama, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo, Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Albert Tuisue, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera
Backs: Henry Seniloli, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika, Ben Volavola, Jale Vatubua, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radrara, Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa, Kini Murimurivalu