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Fiji Bati squad named

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, April 28, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji Bati coach Rick Stone named a powerful team for this Saturday's Pacific Test against Toa Samoa at Sportingbet Stadium in Penrith, Australia.

The winner of the match, which will kick-off at 9.30pm (Fiji time), will qualify for the Four Nations tournament also involving Australia, New Zealand and England in October.

Stone named 13 players, who played in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, in the 19-member team to face Samoa.

Fiji-based players Osea Sadrau and Atunaisa Turagaiviu alongside veteran dual international Lote Tuqiri has also been named for the match.

"Out of the 19 we have named, 13 played in the World Cup where we made it to the semi-final," Stone said in a statement.

"We had a few unavailable, including Akuila Uate, Sisa Waqa, Apisai Koroisau and Wes Naiqama, however we have a good mix of youth and experience and I have no doubt they will do Fiji proud on Saturday night."

North Queensland Cowboys' forward Ashton Sims will captain the side and Stone said he would lead the team well.

"Ashton has played for Fiji in the last two World Cups, he is really passionate about representing Fiji and I know he will do a great job leading the boys out on Saturday night.

"We continue to work hard to raise the profile of rugby league in Fiji and this game provides us with another chance to do that off the back of the World Cup."

The Fiji squad go into camp today and will be based in Penrith for the week.

Fiji Bati: Peni Botiki, Jason Bukuya, Regan Cambell-Gillard, Kane Evans, Aaron Groom, Marika Koroibete, Eto Nabuli, Kevin Naiqama, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Semi Radradra, Vitale Jr Roqica, Osea Sadrau, Ashton Sims (c), Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, James Storer, Alipate Tani, Atunaisa Turagaiviu, Lote Tuqiri

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