September 20, 2022
A number of experienced Fiji Bati players will miss next month's Rugby League World Cup in England due to injuries.
The likes of Tariq Sims, Kane Evans, brothers Daniel and Job Saifiti, Warriors finisher Marcelo Montoya and halfback Jo Lovodua are all out.
Coach Jo Rabele said they would make do with the players they have.
Rabele said they had expected injuries to happen in the build-up and were ready to have players fill the slots.
“It is unfortunate having injuries so late in the season, but it was expected as well,” Rabele told FijiLive.
“Injuries are part of the work and at times we cant avoid it, and will have to make due the best way we can.”
“We are also awaiting confirmation from Hull Kingston Rovers forward Korbin Sims.”
Rabele, team manager Tevita Koroisaya, Fiji Bati forward Pio Seci and assitant coach Jone Wesele fly out tomorrow to Australia.
Meanwhile Paramatta Eels prop Reagen Campbell-Gillard will feature in this Saturday’s preliminary final against the North Queensland Cowboys with finishers Maika Sivo and Waqa Blake.
Fiji Bati squad as of September 18: Kevin Naiqama, Maika Sivo, Semi Valemei, Waqa Blake, Taane Milane, Mikaele Ravalawa, Braydon Wakeham, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Netane Masima, Isaac Lumeluma, Sunia Turuva, Vuate Karawalevu, Jason Qareqare, Ratu Inoke Vasuturaga, Ilaitia Moceidreke, Apisai Koroisau, Penioni Tagituimua, Viliame Kikau, Ben Nakubuwai, Tuikamikamica,Korbin Sims, King Vuniyayawa, Reagan Campbell Gillard, Taniela Sadrugu, Pio Seci, Joseph Vakacereivalu, Lamar Manuel Liolevave, Siua Wong.
By Noa Biudole