McKee has named a powerful Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 42-member squad to
prepare for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks
and Pacific Nations Cup prior to selecting his squad for the Rugby World Cup in
Japan later this year.
said he is happy that all the players have declared their availability and are
injury free heading into the camp on the 1st of July here in Suva.
have got a very good balance across the squad of experienced players but also
some younger players who have been putting pressure on more senior players.”
added “Being named in this squad is no guarantee of going to the Rugby World
Cup. There is a lot of competition and work to be done across all our camps and
the Maori All Blacks test matches and Pacific Nations Cup.”
players Eroni Mawi, Luke Tagi, Joeli Veitayaki, Mesulame Dolokoto, Tuvere
Veremalua, Johnny Dyer, Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani and Serupepeli Vularika have
made the cut in a positive reflection of the on island programmes.
said these players have been in their best form playing for their provincial
clubs in Skipper Cup, Fiji Airways Fijian Drua and in the Swire Shipping Fijian
the last two years we have seen improvement of the level of the local players
and I think that’s mainly testament to the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua and the new
Swire Shipping Fijian Latui squad. I also think our Under-20s and academy
programs have gotten stronger.”
Brive utility forward Dominiko Waqaniburotu will once again captain the side
after a successful outing during the autumn tour test match last year.
highlighted “Waqaniborutu certainly led by example during the November tour
last year. I think his leadership was instrumental in helping the team to
prepare for and put on such a great performance against the French team in
really look forward to working with Dominiko as captain and I know we have a very strong leadership group in
this team who will be driving a lot of team values and behaviours while in camp
and at the Rugby World Cup” he added.
Airways Flying Fijians kick off their campaign against Maori All Blacks on the
13th of July at ANZ Stadium. They then play a return match in
Rotorua on the 20th before preparing for the PNC.
Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor has thanked all the sponsors,
World Rugby and the Government for supporting the Flying Fijians team for the
Rugby World Cup this year.
FLYING FIJIANS JULY
Selected for NZ Maori & Pacific Nations Cup.
Atilifo, Campese Ma’afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Luke Tagi,
Kalivati Tawake, Joeli Veitayaki
Dolokoto, Samuel Matavesi, Tuvere Vugakoto
Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Albert Tuisue
Dyer, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Mosese Voka, Dominiko
Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato
Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Henri Senioli, Serupepeli Vularika
Volavola, Alivereti Veitokani
Botia, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radradra, Jale Vatubua,
Wingers: Vereniki Goneva, Filipo
Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Patrick Osbourne, Eroni Sau, Josua Tuisova
Kini Murimurivalu, Seta Tuicuvu