Flying Fijians turn focus to defending Pacific Nations Cup title

Flying Fijians, from left, Frank Lomani, Waisea Nayacalevu and Josh Matavesi waiting for transport at GPH in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Flying Fijians coach John McKee said the players have left behind the 27-17 loss to the Maori All Blacks yesterday and has named a strong travelling squad to for the next game against Japan as the focus now turns to defending the Pacific Nations Cup title.

“There have been some good learnings from our two matches against the Maori All Blacks and players have benefited from the physical matches over the past two weeks,” McKee said.

“We are taking a very strong squad to Japan for the important first round of the PNC.”

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians face Japan at 5.50pm FT at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium next Saturday.

Fiji Rugby head coach John McKee has named a powerful 27-member traveling squad for the opening match of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup against Japan this coming weekend.

Flying Fijians squad for first round match of the Pacific Nations Cup against Japan.

Forwards:

Lee-Roy Atalifo, Campese Ma’afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Kalivati Tawake, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Sam Matavesi, Leone Nakarawa, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Albert Tuisue, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato

Backs:

Frank Lomani, Henry Seniloli, Alivereti Veitokani, Ben Volavola, Levani Botia, Waisea Nayacalevu, Jale Vatubua, Filipo Nakosi, Patrick Osbourne, Josh Matavesi, Kini Murimurivalu

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