October 29, 2012
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Naqelevuki wings in as replacement

Head coach Inoke Male has made yet another injury enforced change to his squad with Exeter Chiefs winger Sireli Naqelevuki called up from the non-traveling bench to be part of the Flying Fijians traveling 30-member squad for their 4-match tour of the Northern Hemisphere.

Naqelevuki comes in to replace Josaia Lotawa who is still to fully recover from a leg injury sustained in the team's first get-together last week.

The change is the third to be made to the Flying Fijians traveling squad since Male announced his initial squad a week ago – first change saw Masi Matadigo replacing Jone Qovu and just earlier today Aisea Natoga was confirmed as replacement for Nemia Kenatale.

Like Matadigo, Naqelevuki will join the squad in England when they arrive on 4 November.

Japan-based Api Naikatini had his first training run with the Flying Fijians today after arriving to the country last night. Tuapati Talemaitoga who is based in New Zealand is expected in the country tonight after getting the all-clear for his UK visa.

Meanwhile, Male is still to name his captain for the tour, but says he has spoken to Setefano Somoca and will speak to Deacon Manu tonight.

"So far training is progressing well. We are testing out different positions for each player and I am happy with the work we have done so far," Male said.

"The local players are also adapting well to the IRB laws that we will be playing to in the Northern Hermisphere. That's why we have brought in Cameron Blades to help us in this area. Hopefully with the overseas-based players joining us there, it will help us along."

Revised Flying Fijians traveling squad: Setefano Samoca, Deacon Manu, Ratu Penijamani Makutu, Manasa Saulo, Seremaia Naureure, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Leone Nakarawa, Apisai Naikatini, Sekonaia Kalou, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Iliesa Ratuva, Malakai Ravulo, Malakai Volau, Masi Matadigo, Jovilisi Domolailai, Nemani Nagusa, Nikola Matawalu, Metuisela Talebula, Jonetani Ralulu, Josh Matavesi, Kelemedi Bola, Vereniki Goneva, Sireli Naqelevuki, Ravai Fatiaki, Samu Wara, Aisea Natoga, Watisoni Votu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Simeli Koniferedi.
Non Travelling Reserves: Vesi Rarawa, Campese Ma’afu, Waqabaca Kotobalavu

Photo: Courtesy of skyports.com website
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