THE Police Sharks have recruited some rugby union players to be part of their Police World Cup campaign.
Their 28-member squad to travel to England to defend their title was named yesterday following a trial match with the Fiji Residents squad in Suva.
Some notable rugby union names included in the list were of Samu Kunanitu, Isireli Temo, Kini Namoumou, Isireli Kaloucava, Jock Liuta, Jonacani Erenavanua, Joseva Nasilisili, Ovini Burekalou and Aminisitai Niukula.
Police Rugby League president Aporosa Lutunauga says they are keen on defending their title and will prepare to the best of their abilities. "Now that we have narrowed down our squad to the final 28, we can start working on the finer areas that needs work," he said.
He says the players are on par in terms of fitness and their only worry now is the skills and combinations.
"We have only three left before we depart, so we will work on getting our combinations right and the skills of the players.
"The players we have chosen are seasoned players and we have been preparing for the World Cup for the past two days so their fitness is where we want it to be," Lutunauga said.
The Sharks will now play the Fiji Residents side weekly as part of their preparations.
Assistant Fiji Bati coach Jo Rabele welcome the idea saying it would benefit both teams.
Squad: Props: Samu Kunanitu, Jim Patrick, Akuila Masi, Isireli Temo.
2nd Row: Kini Namoumou, Sailosi Tora, Isireli Kaloucava, Apenisa Cawasau. Locks: Atunaisa Turagaiviu, Dominic Pene. Hookers: Jock Liuta, Jo Katonibau, Metui Volavola. Halfs: Epeli Soro, Jonacani Eranavanua, John Abas. Inside centres: Joseva Naisilisili, Ovini Burekalou, Manasa Tamani, Aminisitai Niukula. Wingers: Maika Navuni, Navitalai Ratulevu, Esava Delai, Jone Tuwai. Fullbacks: Kolinio Mateaki, Manasa Vaniqi, Semi Maitiro, Apisai Masikerei.