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Flying Fijians reduced to 30

16:02 Yesterday


Set to make his debut for Fiji, Western Force's Samu Wara.

Taken from/By: FBC Sports
Report by: Eleina McDonald

Fourteen overseas reps have been named in the Flying Fijians 30-member squad to tour Europe next month.

Seasoned skipper, Netani Talei is out of the squad due to injury leaving coach Inoke Male to hunt for a new leader.

Notable inclusions is former captain and Wales-based , Deacon Manu, French-based players, Jone Qovu, Jovili Domolailai, and young guns, Metuisela Talebula and Waisea Nayacalevu.

Worcester Warrior, Josh Matavesi returns to the fold with other England-based reps, Vereniki Goneva and Ravai Fatiaki.

16 local players have also been named – Nadroga being the dominating district while Suva reps, Manasa Saulo, Viliame Veikoso, Malakai Volau, Josaia Lotawa are in.

Tailevu’s Leone Nakarawa and Lautoka’s Kelemedi Bola with Watisoni Votu have also been selected.

The 30-member squad:
Setefano Somoca (Nadroga), Deacon Manu (llanelli Scarlet, Wales), Ratu Penijamini Makutu (Nadroga), Manasa Saulo (Suva), Seremaia Naureure (Nadroga), Viliame Veikoso (Suva), Tuapati Talemaitoga (Southland, NZ), Leone Nakarawa (Tailevu), Apisai Naikatini (Japan), Sokonaia Kalou (Nadroga), Apisalome Ratuniyarawa (North Harbour, NZ), Iliesa Ratuva (Nadroga), Malakai Volau (Suva), Malakai Ravulo (North Harbour, NZ), Jone Qovu (Racing Metro 92, France), Jovili Domolailai (Pau, France), Nemani Nagusa (Nadroga), Nikola Matawalu (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland), Nemia Kenatale (Southland, NZ), Metuisela Talebula (Union Bordeaux Begles, France), Jonetani Ralulu (Nadroga), Josh Matavesi (Worcester Warriors, England), Kelemedi Bola (Lautoka), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers, England), Josaia Lotawa (Suva), Ravai Fatiaki (Worcester Warriors, England), Samu Wara (Western Force, Australia), Watisoni Votu (Lautoka), Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade Francis, France) and Simeli Koniferedi (Nadroga).

Non Travelling Reserves:
Vesi Rarawa, Campese Ma’afu, Waqabaca Kotobalavu, Sireli Naqelevuki, Aisea Natoga.



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