Eight local players for Pacific Test Series

Frank Lomani on the attack against Scotland. He has been named for the Pacific Test Series. Picture: IAN MUIR.

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee has included eight local players for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup prior to selecting his squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

Local players Eroni Mawi, Luke Tagi, Joeli Veitayaki, Mesulame Dolokoto, Tuvere Veremalua, Johnny Dyer, Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani and Serupepeli Vularika have all made the cut.

McKee said these players have been in their best form playing for their provincial clubs in Skipper Cup, Fiji Airways Fijian Drua and in the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui team.

“In the last two years we have seen improvement of the level of the local players and I think that’s mainly testament to the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua and the new Swire Shipping Fijian Latui squad. I also think our Under-20s and academy programs have gotten stronger,” McKee said.

McKee said he is happy that all the players have declared their availability and are injury free heading into the camp on the 1st of July here in Suva.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians kick off their campaign against Maori All Blacks on the 13th of July at ANZ Stadium.

They then play a return match in Rotorua on the 20th before preparing for the PNC.

FLYING FIJIANS JULY SQUAD:

Selected for NZ Maori & Pacific Nations Cup.

Props:

Leeroy Atilifo, Campese Ma’afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Luke Tagi, Kalivati Tawake, Joeli Veitayaki

Hookers:

Mesulame Dolokoto, Samuel Matavesi, Tuvere Vugakoto

Locks: 

Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Albert Tuisue

Backrow: 

Johnny Dyer, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato

Halfbacks:

Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Henri Senioli, Serupepeli Vularika

Flyhalves:

Ben Volavola, Alivereti Veitokani

Centres:

Levani Botia, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radradra, Jale Vatubua,

Utility Back

Josh Matavesi

Wingers: Vereniki Goneva, Filipo Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Patrick Osbourne, Eroni Sau, Josua Tuisova

Fullbacks:

Kini Murimurivalu, Seta Tuicuvu

 

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