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Overseas three in Warriors pack

Pravin Narain
Thursday, March 08, 2018

NEW ZEALAND-based duo Aseli Sorovaki and Viliame Rarasea will feature for the Fiji Warriors against arch rival Samoa in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow.

Sorovaki plays for Taranaki in the ITM Cup in New Zealand while Viliame Rarasea plays for Counties Manukau.

Australia-based Tevita Ratuva has also been selected for the hosts.

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula said Rarasea and Ratuva would be on the run on team.

"We will have the two of them in the team against Samoa while we need to give Tevita more time so he can condition himself and lift his fitness," he said.

"We will then see how Tevita adjusts before the second match against Junior Japan on Tuesday.

"Rarasea and Tevita play locks playing at four and five while Sorovaki is the loose head prop."

Seruvakula predicted a physical match against the Samoans.

"I am confident of the team's chances with the mixture of the young and old players in the Fiji Warriors team and they are already in the starting line-up as they have proved themselves in the fitness tests," he said.

"They have climbed through the under-20 age group and the academy rugby and I have every confidence in the first 15 who will go in the match will give a good start.

"Samoa had always been physical whenever we've played them and they really want to beat us for the last couple of years and that is what they will try to do on Saturday, but we have to be smart and play our game that they do not get a win.

"There are a lot of games for the teams and more players are exposed to the international level," Seruvakula said.

The match kicks off at 5pm.

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