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FRU names Vodafone Fijian Under-20 squad for Oceania Championship

 

Fiji Rugby Union is delighted to announce its Vodafone Fijian Under-20 squad traveling to Oceania Championship at Sun Shine Coast in Australia on Monday.

Vodafone Fijian Under-20 Head Coach Ifereimi Rawaqa said they have finally chopped down the squad to 29 after going through their process of scouting and different phases of training.

Rawaqa said “We prepared well for the last two years but unfortunately we were hit by COVID-19 so players who were in the Under-20 category graduated to senior-level, therefore, we had to start from scratch and manhunt the players.”

We asked players to write their expression of interest at the beginning of the year and then my coaching team set down and narrowed down the squad. We also traveled all around Fiji to test players so that we got the best-talented players into the squad and no one valuable was missed.

The Vodafone Fijian-Under 20 squad consists of players participating in the development and senior level of the Skipper Cup.

“These players have progressed well and are ready to take on New Zealand, Australia and Argentina at the Oceania Championship,” said Rawaqa.

He added “We have 12 players from Suva, 5 playing from Naitaisiri, 2 each from Lautoka and Nadroga, and one player each from Nadi and Northland.

We have also included 5 overseas-based players from France, Australia and New Zealand.

Rawaqa said that they are looking forward to playing in the Oceania Championship as this will give an opportunity to the team as a whole to monitor their standard against the world-class opponents.

“I think the important thing for us is to play against the top-level opponents and set a standard so that the players understand the level required to match when facing any overseas teams. This will assist these players when they graduate to the national level in the future” said Rawaqa.

The Oceania Championship kicks off on the 1 st of July at the Sun Shine Coast in Australia.

Fijian Under-20 Matches

1 st July                    Fiji VS New Zealand

5 th July                    Fiji VS Australia

10 th July                  Fiji VS Argentina

Fijian Under-20 squad to Oceania Championship

  1. Semi Qica                                             Tailevu
  2. Vilikesa Nairau                                      Suva
  3. Ponipate Naliva                                     Suva
  4. Luke Tudulu                                          Canberra  
  5. Patemo Nuku                                        Suva
  6. Benji Baseilala                                      Suva
  7. Kavaia Tagivetaua                                Naitasiri
  8. Saula Qiolevu                                       Naitasiri
  9. Jeniro Wakeham                                   Stade Francais
  10. Emosi Natubailagi                                 Suva
  11. Petero Mailulu                                       Bourdex Begels
  12. Freddy Ralulu                                       Lautoka
  13. Naibuka Naimasi                                   Suva
  14. Isoa Tuwai                                            Lautoka
  15. Motikiai Murray                                      Suva
  16. Waisea Tudulu                                      Canberra
  17. Johnathan Sovasova                             Suva
  18. Phillip Baselala                                      Suva
  19. Tremain Little                                        New Zealand
  20. Sikeli Rabitu                                          Suva
  21. Ropate Rinakama                                 Naitasiri
  22. Aisea Tuisese                                       Naitasiri
  23. Malakai Nawai                                      Suva
  24. Semiji Kaisau                                        Nadroga
  25. Filimoni Nalawa                                     Suva
  26. Jacob Usa                                            Nadroga
  27. Jope Naserara                                      Nadi
  28. Kevueli Sauvakacolo                             Naitasiri
  29. Tevita Boseiwaqa                                  Northland
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