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Maciu Malo
Monday, February 26, 2018

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati under-23 men's and women's teams that competed at the Commonwealth 9s rugby league festival in Australia achieved a major milestone at the event.

Despite the lack of preparation time, a player each from the mens's and women's teams were included in the Commonwealth 9s dream team.

Men's dummy half Penaia Leveleve and women's' utility backline player Ateca Leamo joined the other star players from Australia, Tonga, Samoa and other participating teams in the dream team.

Head coach Jo Dakuitoga says the inclusion of the duo in the dream team is a huge achievement for Fiji rugby league team.

'The men's team just met at the airport during our departure, but we managed to reach the top four,' he said.

'We defeated Scotland and Wales in our pool and narrowly lost to Australia in the pool decider.'

Dakuitoga said Fiji fielded all local players while Tonga, Samoa and Australia were represented by NRL players.

'I was pleased with the effort shown by these boys."

'Our aim was to expose these boys and I thank them for the fighting spirit they showed against top teams,' he added.

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