The Fiji Rugby Union has today confirmed that after discussion with New Zealand Rugby Union, a Vodafone Vanua XV Team will be touring New Zealand in November of 2018.
The tour is a part of the outcome of discussions between the NZ Rugby Union and the Fiji Rugby Union as we look to strengthen our collaboration with the New Zealand Rugby Union in rugby terms.
“We are grateful and thankful to the NZ Rugby Union for accommodating this tour and for organising the matches against the Heartland XV in New Zealand”, O’Connor highlighted. “We also thank the NZ Rugby for accommodating the tour of our Fiji U18 team through their Schools Affiliate”.
The FRU is committed to creating pathways for all our players and this is an opportunity for players playing in the FRU Vodafone Vanua Championship to compete for places in the Swire Shipping Warriors, Fiji Airways Drua, the Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens teams and ultimately the Flying Fijians.
This will be a historic tour and another achievement for FRU and we are continuing discussions with the NZRU for their representative Mitre 10 or Heartland teams to tour Fiji and play the Vodafone Vanua team every alternative year while our team tours NZ the year after.
The following players are requested to commence their training prior to fitness tests being conducted in the main centres before trials will be conducted to select the team to tour New Zealand.
FRU Vodafone Vanua XV Extended Squad
Northland – Emori Logavatu, Joeli Dulaki, Semi Naisevunivai, Taniela Liwa, Peniasi Kaloucava, Jese Tubunaruarua, Mesake Kainacovu, Isimeli Naivaludua.
Tailevu – Joeli Bose, Malakai Cagi, Ilikena, Etonia Rokotuiwasa, Autiko Domonakibau, Saula Qalomai, Neori Racule.
Macuata – Joni Koroilagilagi, Tevita Rabuli, Junior Daugunu, Navitalai Vueti, Ilisoni Lagi, Emosi Rakari, Waisale Rasala, Paula Waqaniburotu.
Cakaudrove – Joji Naisua, Teba Iowane, Paula Saratibau, Are Monoka, Lepani Tuivanuavou, Uliano Samunaka.
Bua – Salacieli Matai, Sailosi Tuiwasa, Samu Raleqe, Ratu Eveni Donu, Kelemete Qio, Aisake Sovakiwai, Sefanaia.
Ovalau – Ulaiasi Vosaicake, Josefa Tamani, Joseva Boletakibureta, Paula Gonerogo, Viliame Drua, Jone Nagalu, Minati Radovu.
North Bulls – Apimeleki Uruca, Ratu Meli Sauturaga, Mosese Naqaliva, Ratu Apenisa Rodaveta, Jone Naucabalavu, Asakia Tabua, Ratu Naisavu Vuma, Kameli Nayacalevu.
Nasinu – Jone Tukana, Lekima Vuki, Voreqe Tonawai, Alivereti Cawanibuka, Silio Vuki, Apolosa Tabualevu, Waisake Ravuiwasa.
Lautoka – Viliame Nabiau, Lemeki Racule, Epeli Radaniva, Paula Rokotuiloma, Isireli Satala, Opeti Ratucati, Joseva Ravula, Peniasi Vuniyayawa, Mataiasi Kaulawe.
Yasawa – Napolioni Ratu, Nacanieli Batina, Inia Rokomatu, Eliki Naikausa, Eroni Naua, Apenisa Waqawai, Apenisa Ratukabu, Saimoni Naikelekele, Kini Tora.
Ba – Petero Tuwai, Marika Ratoto, Daniele Lawakeli, Lagivala Lodoviko, Mosese Koroi.
Serua – Selesitino Naeqe, Peceli Vikitoga, Niko Corivuka, Peceli Vikitoga, Simione Mekemeke, Emosi Lutunaika, Mitieli Lotawa, Anasa Vuidravuwalu, Raitube Vasurakuta.
Ra – Peni Baselala, Esala Tuibua, Laisenia Ratu, Josefa Saba, Seci Banuve, Manoa Valeniyasana, Leone Vosailagi.
Nanukuloa – Apimeleki Vonokula, Sikeli Ravono, Etuate Nagata, Samuela Navo, Paula Vueti, Etuate Nabainivalu, Verata Bolaniwaqa, Jesoni.
Vatukoula – Meli Rokotunidau, Joeli Cama, Seveci Tora, Viliame Taukeiduadua, Paula Malawaci.
Tavua – Jope Naleqwa, Marika Tabutaci, Solomoni Ratubuli, Jone Kavoa, Savenaca Gaunaca, Tevita Naroyasi, Semisi Vauvau,