Leawere names squad for Pacific challenge

Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors warming up during their training session at Buckhurst Park in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors extended squad has been named for the Pacific Challenge.

Head coach Kele Leawere finalised his extended squad for the 2020 World Rugby Pacific Challenge to be played at Suva’s ANZ Stadium in March.

After a few fitness and skill tests, Leawere has managed to chop his wider group.

The squad consists majority of the under-20 players who will be challenged to perform at the upper level.

WRPC is to be played as a round robin between the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors, Junior Japan, Samoa A and Tonga A.

The winner will be the team who records the maximum number of competition points across the pool rounds.

Squad: Loose head prop- Temesi Murivalu, Emanuel Naciva, Meli Tuni. Hookers- Lino Vasuinadi, Jone Naqiri. Tight head prop- Joseva Nasaroa, Apakuki Naivanawalu, Ilaitia Sela. Locks – Chris Minimbi, Vilikesa Ravutu, Isoa Nasilasila, Jeniro Whakeham. Flankers – Elia Canakaivata, Seeto Yabaki, Talatala Tokaibai, Jese Moraviu, Vilive Miramira, Apisai Senileba. No 8- Eparama Sailo, Josateki Tuituba Halfback- Kelepi Mataitoga, Taitusi Lilisinu. First Five- Tuidraki Samusamuvodra, Jack Volavola. Second Five- Filimoni Savou, Taniela Soqonawasaloa, Michael Ofati. Center- Viliame Qalovi, Alipate Waidilo, Jiuta Wainiqolo. Wings- Epeli Momo, Anare Waqasaqa, Marika Vularewa, Nacanieli Narekuva, Jonetani Vasurakauta. Fullback- Vuate Karawalevu, Josateki Degei.

Rugby Pacific Challenge fixtures Round 1: 6th March 2020 – ANZ Stadium, Suva, 2.30pm Junior Japan V Tonga A, 5pm Fiji Warriors V Samoa A. Round 2: 10th March 2020 – ANZ Stadium, Suva, 2.30pm Samoa A V Junior Japan, 5pm Fiji Warriors V Tonga A. Round 3: 14th March 2020 – ANZ Stadium, Suva, 1pm Tonga A V Samoa A, 3.30pm Fiji Warriors V Junior Japan.

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