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Nakarawa answers Army's SOS call

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, December 07, 2012

FLYING Fijians lock Leone Nakarawa has been roped in the starting Army XV as a last minute injury replacement for the BSP Life Sukuna Bowl rugby clash against Police at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon.

Nakarawa was earlier ruled out of the match to recover after representing the national side in the northern hemisphere tour.

Army team manager Ben Naliva said because of injuries they had been forced to reshuffle the line up.

He said prop Manasa Saulo had been rested.

Naliva said Nakarawa had been part of the Army team for the past five years.

"We have brought in Leone in the last minute due to injuries," Naliva said.

"At this stage we cannot say which players are missing out because we have the players that we want.

"Leone is no stranger to the team. His experience will boost us."

Number eight Dale Tonawai, who helped Army wrest the trophy from Police in 2010 after a five-year drought, has been handed the captain's armband for today's game.

He will be assisted by inside centre Sevanaia Koroi.

Naliva said they were wary of the opposition.

"Our preparation has been based on respect," Naliva said.

"We respect Police for how they have prepared for us. We believe Police is the team to beat this year. They have got the players and they have good coaches.

"Their players have proven themselves in the local rugby competition. It will be a tough game for us. Nothing will be easy on the field.

The match will kick off at 4pm.

The 2012 BSP Life Sukuna Bowl program starts with a march through the city at 9.45am.

Army: Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Manasa Tuidraki, Vesi Rarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Mosese Vasuitoga, Jolame Bera, Waqabaca Kotobalavu, Dale Tonawai (captain), Aporosa Kenatale, Kaminieli Neiqisa, Sitiveni Kunaga, Sevanaia Koroi (vice captain), Manueli Gade, Maikeli Mocetadra, Setareki Koroilagilagi. Reserves: Tevita Rabukawaqa, Sireli Ledua, Epeli Rokotuinuku, Osea Vereivalu, Lemeki Damu, Noa Sisiwa, Emosi Mulevoro, Benedito Koroi, Viliame Sigamasa, Sanaila Vitau.





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