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Stone eyes top NRL players for world cup

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FIJI Bati rugby league head coach Rick Stone is continuing his discussion to lure top National Rugby League (NRL) players into the national team for the 2013 Rugby league World Cup.

Stone, who resides in Australia, is keeping his eyes on players such as Petero Civoniceva, Lote Tuqiri, Sisa Waqa, Marika Koroibete and John Sutton who played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in last week's preliminary finals against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Sutton was a last omission from the 2008 RLWC, however, FNRL are keeping its fingers crossed that top players like Sutton could avail themselves for RLWC.

FNRL development officer Jo Rabele told Times Sport they were looking at some NRL players who are eligible to represent Fiji.

"Right now coach (Stone) is talking with Sutton, if he says yes it will be a huge boost for us. We are also waiting on the response of other players like Lote Tuqiri and Petero Civoniceva, if all these players avail themselves then we will have a good squad at the world cup," Rabele said.

Elusive Wests Tigers speedster Marika Koroibete has already informed this newspaper that he is ready to do his country proud if given the opportunity.

Rabele added Melbourne Storm winger Sisa Waqa would be another key player for the Bati side.

The RLWC is scheduled on October 26 to November 30. Fiji plays its first game against Scotland at Spotland Stadium, Rochabale on October 28.


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