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Koroibete to play, Waqa still in doubt

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

WESTS Tigers speedster Marika Koroibete will play for the Fiji Bati rugby league team against Italy on Friday.

And there is still no word on whether Sisa Waqa will play.

Koroibete's availability was in doubt last week, pending medical clearance from his National Rugby League (NRL) club.

The Namosi man, who scored 22 tries in 26 games in the Toyota Cup and seven tries in six games in the NRL competition, is a sure starter against Italy. Fiji National Rugby League development officer Semesa Cadrakilagi confirmed that Koroibete would play for Fiji.

"Right now Marika is going to play but as for Sisa Waqa we still have to confirm whether he will play or not," he said.

The Wes Naiqama-led side presented their itatau to the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday.

The side was reminded to maintain their team bonding during the tour.

The 10 players who were selected during the Battle of the Bati match last week fly out of the country tomorrow. Team manager Mesake Navugona said the game was crucial as it marks their build-up to the 2013 RLWC.

"This is the first time we are playing Italy and we want to start it on a winning note. This is the countdown to the world cup and we want to make sure that everything is on track as we prepare for the international event next year," the former Fiji Bati said.

The 10 players are Timoci Yauvoli, Semi Cakau, Apisai Masikerei, Atunaisa Turagaiviu, Kitione Rasotale, Viliame Rakali, Lasaro Turagadrau, Etuate Tagicakibau, Jone Wesele and Semisi Tora.