The Fiji Rugby Union has today released the extended squad for the Fiji Team to prepare for the National Rugby Championship in Australia after physical and medical tests conducted last week.
The Senirusi Seruvakula coached side will march into a two day camp from Monday, 7 August till Wednesday, 9 August, to begin preparations for their first NRC match against Brisbane City on September 2 at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.
This is the first year for Fiji to play in the fourth season of Australia’s National Rugby Championship. The nine teams for the 2017 season include three from New South Wales, two from Queensland, and one each from Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Western Australia, and Fiji:
The nine teams compete in a round-robin tournament for the regular season. Each team has four matches at home and four away. The top four teams qualify for the title play-offs with semi-finals and finals.
All players named in the extended squad except those involved in the last Farebrother Challenge are required to meet at the HPU Gym in Suva on Monday, 7 August at 10.30am with the necessary camp and training gear.
The selected players are:
Loose Head Prop – Eroni Mawi, Osea Ganilau, Joeli Veitayaki
Tight Head Prop – Mosese Ducivaki, Samuela Newa, Kalivati Tawake
Hookers – Mosese Gavidi, Samu Suguturaga, Jale Sassen.
Locks – Apisai Tauyavuna, Timoci Temo, Samu Saqiwa, Jale Railalia, Peni Naulago.
Loosies – Sakiusa Nadruku, Jiuta Takubu, Filimoni Seru, Mosese Voka, Vasikali Mudu, Kelevi Naimasi, Peni Waqa
Half Back – Frank Lomani, Seru Cavuilati, Sakiusa Gavidi.
First Five – Alifereti Veitokani, Peceli Nacebe
Second Five – Cyril Reece, Eroni Vasiteri, Josateki Turuva.
Centres – John Stewart, Nemani Talemaitoga, Ifereimi Tovilevu
Wings – Apete Daveta, Eroni Sau, Aporosa Tabulawaki.
Fullback – Meli Nakarawa, Apisalome Waqatabu.
Players who were part of the large extended squad are requested to continue your own training since there is a possibility of injuries and you being called upon to join the squad.