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Hope for better results

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

NADROGA rugby 15s coach Esala Nauga is ready for another brutal provincial rugby competition, naming a strong squad for the new season.

And many new faces could be seen wearing the traditional white and black jersey for the Stallions this season.

Next week, Nauga will continue his off-season program with the players and hopes for better results this year. Nadroga successfully retained the Digicel Cup but failed to defend the prestigious Farebrother-Sullivan trophy.

Former national sevens rep Mitieli Nacagilevu is on the comeback and features in the backline. Flying Fijians tighthead prop Waisea Daveta and former Fiji under-20 and Tailevu prop Jale Sassen are also in the squad.

Nauga and his coaching panel have named 16 props, 12 hookers, 20 locks, 19 loosemen, 10 half backs, 9 first five-eighths, 20 inside-centres, 18 wingers and five fullbacks in the 129-member squad.

Regular players Setefano Somoca, Seremaia Naureure, Iliesa Ratuva, Jonetani Ralulu, Jiuta Lutumailagi, Sakiusa Gavidi, Sekonaia Kalou, Aisea Natoga, Mesulame Toga, Jonetani Ratu, Paula Karatu. Manoa Tamaya and Nemani Nauga have retained their spots in the squad.

Nauga has not left out his overseas-based players such as Rupeni Nasiga and Tevita Cavubati for the new season. Nasiga plays in England while Cavubati played a crucial role in the NPC competition in New Zealand and Gonevou is contracted in Malaysia.

Team manager Paula Biu said they always welcomed their overseas players during the season.





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