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Bati under-19 skipper selection hinges on visa

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji Bati under-19 coach Meli Baledrokadroka has two players in mind to captain the junior Bati on its tour of Australia this weekend.

The selection of the captain hinges on the visa application outcome today.

They are Ba Provincial Freebird Institute standoff Mesake Saukuru and Nasinu Secondary School's strongman Kaveni Dabenaise.

Their experience and leadership skills caught the attention of Baledrokadroka.

Saukuru led Ba Provincial to clinch its first Vodafone Trophy in the Fiji Secondary School Rugby League competition while Dabenaise's leadership skills and experience will be crucial for the side.

Baledrokadroka said he would name his skipper depending on the outcome of the visa application.

"We're awaiting the visa application before we can name our captain," he said.

"But I have two players in mind who can skipper the team. They are Mesake and Kaveni. Both players have the experience and leadership skills but I will name the captain based on the outcome of the visa application."

Dabenaise was part of the Fiji under-18 rugby union tour of Australia last year and Saukuru plays for the Saru Dragons in the Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup competition.

The junior Bati team will play three matches during the tour. The main game will serve as the curtain raiser for the Fiji Bati against Toa Samoa in the Four Nations Championship qualifying game.

The side broke camp on Monday and will regroup at Nawaka today before departing tomorrow morning.

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