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Fraser withdraws from world championship squad

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW Zealand schoolboy Dion Fraser has withdrawn from the Fiji under-20 rugby team to the Junior World Championship.

Fraser will focus on his studies, which is the reason he's withdrawn from the national U20, according to team manager Paula Biu. The other overseas-based player, Adrea Cocagi, who is contracted with French Top 14 club Stade Francais, will join the team after his final club game later this month.

The team was trimmed to 36 players earlier this week.

"We have trimmed the squad," Biu said.

"Dion Fraser has withdrawn because he wants to focus on his scholarship with his school in New Zealand.

"From the 42 players, we have trimmed the squad to 36."

Biu said the selection was based on players' medical results, fitness test and overall assessment over the past two weeks.

"Some players were dropped because of medical results, others for fitness and also what we gauged from the two weeks of camp."

Fiji is drawn in Pool B along with Wales, France and Ireland. The JWC kicks off in New Zealand on June 2.

Fiji U20 36-member squad

Props: Samu Tawake, Apolosi Ranawai, Simi Naiduki; Hookers: Maikeli Sivo, Glen Osborne, Ilisoni Lagi; Loose-head props: Aseri Robarobalevu, Jack Driu, Veniona Toga; Locks: Lote Nasiga, Marika Tokalauvere, Jale Uva, Paula Bukavere; Flankers: Marika Vunibaka, Aminiyasi Natuiyaga, Atonio Qio, Vasikale Mudu, Vanieli Ratuva, Vinson Sosefo; Halfbacks: Varasiko Balavu, Tubuka Vueti, Leone Nawai, Marika Tivitivi; 1st-five: Elia Murasia, Maika Baleinaloto, Josese Kurokava; 2nd-five: Akuila Tabualevu, Semi Camaisala; Centres: Adrea Cocagi, Poasa Waqanibau, Jimmy Hendrix; Wings: Orisi Naqawaliva, Josua Goneduadua, Aisake Rokobulimaira; Fullback: Penioni Naiyaya, Livinai Tuicakau

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