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Fun facts about the Fiji Bati

Elenoa Baselala
Sunday, October 29, 2017

* AT least seven players were born on February. They are captain Kevin Naiqama who was born on the 4th, Junior Roqica on the 13th, Jarryd Hayne on the 15th, James Storer on the 16th, Marcello Montoya on the 17th, Henry Raiwalui on the 24th and Ashton Sims on the 26th.

* GUESS who is the tallest in the team? None, other than the undertaker, Kane Evans who stands at 1.99m and weighs 112kg. The other tall timbers in the squad are Viliame Kikau (1.95m), Tui Kamikamica (1.95m), Ashton Sims (1.94m), Ben Nakubuwai (1.94m), Jacob Saifiti (1.93m) and Suliasi Vunivalu (1.92m). The shortest on the side is James Storer at 1.75m.

* THIS is Fiji's fifth Rugby League World Cup. We first played in a RLWC in 1995. Fiji is ranked 8th in the world. Fiji has reached the semi-final of the last two RLWC. Some pundits predicted that Fiji would beat the USA in their first match by at least 10 points.

* THERE are at least five players in the team that are either 21 years or younger. The 21-year-olds are Ben Nakubuwai, Marcelo Montoya and Jacob Saifiti. The babies of the team are Joe Lovodua and Salesi Junior Faingaa.

* JAMES Storer is the oldest Fiji Bati at 35 years old. Ashton Sims is the second oldest at 31 years while Eloni Vunakece is 30 years old. A number of players are nearing the 30 years mark.

* THE most international capped player in the Fiji Bati side is none other than Akuila Uate who has had 17 caps. Jarryd Hayne has had 16 caps and James Storer has had 11 caps. Ashton Sims has had 10 international caps while a handful of players are making their international debut at the RLWC.

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