October 19, 2021
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7s trio named in Flying Fijians squad

2020 Tokyo Olympic stars Vilimoni Botitu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Jiuta Wainiqolo have been named in the Flying Fijians 28-member squad to face Spain, Wales and Georgia next month.

Fiji Rugby General High Performance Manager Simon Raiwalui during a press conference today said despite the difficulties; they have managed to assemble a strong team for the three test matches.

The team consists of experienced players who have been playing competitive rugby in the French Top 14, PRO D2, England’s Premiership Rugby and United Rugby Championship in Wales.
“It’s a smaller squad than normal, normally we would travel with 32 players but due to shortage in positions we have got a group of 28 players who will have cover in majority of the areas.”

“There are a couple of areas where will have shortage of players such as Loose Head Prop, Hooker and Halfback. We don’t have depth in these positions in the Northern Hemisphere and we would have brought in players from the Southern Hemisphere to fill in the positions but we have selected a great team.”

“We have players who are returning from injury and missed a couple of tour with the Flying Fijians such as Viliame Mata and Nikola Matawalu.”

“It’s a strong and exciting squad and we looking forward to the challenge,” Raiwalui added.

The team assembles on the 31st of this month to start their preparations, they then face Spain on the 7th of November in Madrid.

The Flying Fijians will travel to Wales and will face the Dragons on the 15th of November before wrapping up the Northern Hemisphere tour against Georgia five days later. The venue and time is yet to be confirmed.
Flying Fijians 28-member squad: Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Samuel Matavesi, Peniami Narisia, Luke Tagi, Mesake Doge, Leeroy Atalifo, Tevita Ratuva, Temo Mayanavanua, Albert Tuisue, Leone Nakarawa, Peceli Yato, Johnny Dyer, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Mesulame Kunavula, Bill Mata, Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Ben Volavola, Vilimoni Botitu, Levani Botia, Zneriko Buliruarua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova, Eroni Sau, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Seta Tuicuvu

By Romeka Romena  


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