May 31, 2017
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Quartet to miss Wallabies Test

Four key players will miss the Vodafone Flying Fijians International Test match against the Wallabies next Saturday.

Star wingers Nemani Nadolo, Josua Tuisova and Patrick Osborne together with flanker Peceli Yato have been ruled out.

Nadolo is out with concussion and needs time to fully recover while the other three are tied up with club commitments.

Toulon’s Tuisova and Clermont’s Yato will feature in the French Top 14 final and will join the national camp for the other matches while Osborne will feature for the Highlanders in their Super Rugby clash against the Lions.

Veteran winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma will also miss out after picking a 4-week suspension for a late tackle while playing for London Irish last weekend. He will be eligible to play after June 26.

Captain Akapusi Qera is expected to join the team later in the week while Edinburgh’s Viliame Mata, Pau winger Jale Vatubua, veterans Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Vereniki Goneva, Campese Ma’afu, Benito Masilevu and Tuapati Talemaitoga are already in the country.

Meanwhile 23 players marched into camp in Suva today and the squad will have its first training run this afternoon at the ANZ Stadium.

Fiji squad: Campese Ma'afu, Peni Ravai, Joeli Veitayaki, Manasa Saulo, Leeroy Atalifo, Kalivati Tawake, Sunia Koto, Jale Sassen, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Api Ratuniyarawa, Sikeli Nabou, Naulia Dawai, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Nikola Matawalu, Serupepeli Vularika, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Levani Botia, Jale Vatubua, Eroni Vasiteri, Albert Vulivuli, Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu, Josua Tuisova, John Stewart, Patrick Osborne, Timoci Nagusa, Metuisela Talebula, Kini Murimurivalu.

By Reginald Chandar

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