Seruvakula names strong squad to face Western Force

Fiji Airways Drua official Josua Vuto (left) with players Alifereti Rabukawaqa, Apisalome Vota, Luke Tagi and Eroni Mawi at the Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named a strong line-up to face second placed the Western Force tomorrow to determine the Fijians fate of hosting their first home semi-final next weekend.

Seruvakula has included another debut in the last round of the National Rugby Championship replacing injured prop Mosese Ducivaki.

Suva’s bulldozing front row Ratu Penijamini Makutu is the latest inclusion into the Drua side after Ducivaki sustained a knee injury against Queensland Country in the third round of the NRC.

The former Nadroga tight head prop will make his debut donning the number three jersey against the Force in a highly rated match between the table toppers Drua and the runners up.

Meanwhile Olympic gold medallist and Western Force danger man Masivesi Dakuwaqa will miss out on the match against his Fijian counterparts today.

The Drua takes on the Force at the UWA Park in Perth Australia at 6pm.

Drua players
: 1. Joeli Veitayaki 2. Ratu Navuma 3. Benji Makutu 4. Peni Naulago 5. Albert Tuisue 6. Mosese Voka (c) 7. Jone Navori 8. Eremasi Radrodro 9. Frank Lomani 10. Alivereti Veitokani 11. Aporosa Tabulawaki 12. Cyril Reece 13. Apisalome Vota 14. Levani Kurumudu 15. Enele Malele reserves 16. Mesu Dolakoto 17. Eroni Mawi 18. Luke Tagi 19. Tevita Naqali 20. Johnny Dyer 21. Seru Vularika 22. Apisalome Waqatabu 23. Lepani Raiyala.

Western Force players: 1. Harrison Lloyd 2. Heath Tessmann 3. Kieran Longbottom 4. Fergus Lee-warner 5. Jeremy Thrush 6. Tevin Ferris 7. Chris Alcock 8. Brynard Stander 9. Ian Prior (c) 10. Andrew Deegan 11. Rod Davies 12. Rodney Iona 13. Henry Taefu 14. Brad Lacey 15. Jack McGregor reserves 16. Alifelete Kaitu’u 17. Cameron Orr 18. Chris Heiberg 19. Leon Power 20. Henry Stowers 21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22. AJ Alatimu 23. Clay Uyen

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