Atalifo recalled to join Japan campaign

Lee-Roy Atalifo during training at Churchill Park in Lautoka . Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

FLYING Fijian Lee Roy Atalifo was dropped to the stand-by list for the Rugby World Cup earlier this week however the 31-year-old loose-head prop was recalled into the team yesterday due to injuries sustained by one of the props.

Tight-head prop Kalivati Tawake has been ruled out, suffering a knee injury during the Pasifika Challenge test match against Tonga last Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Initial indications that the injury was minor and Tawake would be able to return to full training in a short time.

The injury had not responded to treatment so Tawake travelled to Suva on Tuesday for an MRI.

The results have indicated that he has a Grade 2 MCL sprain meaning that the ligament has been partially torn.

According to medical experts the Grade 2 MCL sprain or injury of the knee takes three weeks to three months to recover.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have a final training session at home today before they depart for Japan tomorrow.

They play their first game against Australia on the 21st of September at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo.

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