17 August, 2019, 12:18 pm
FLYING Fijians coach John McKee believes his team has an opportunity to do something special after announcing his 2019 Rugby World Cup squad at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.
“This is a group of players that can really make Fiji proud,” McKee said.
He said the squad was filled with firepower and the players were ready to fl y the Fiji flag in Japan.
“For me, it is very pleasing to name such a strong talented group to represent Fiji at the Rugby World Cup.”
McKee has named 32 players with one player expected to be dropped later.
Local-based players Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani, Eroni Mawi and Veremalua Vugakoto who performed vividly during the Pacific Nations Cup campaign have also been given a chance to feature at their first RWC.
Kalivati Tawake, Sam Matavesi, Tevita Ratuva, Alifereti Veitokani, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Semi Radradra and brothers Josua Tuisova and Filipo Nakosi also join them in making their RWC debut.
McKee has also named a balance of seasoned veterans such as Campese Ma’afu, Leone Nakarawa, captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Vereniki Goneva and Kini Murimurivalu all taking part in a milestone third world cup.
The Flying Fijians RWC had their first training session yesterday.
Flying Fijians 2019 Rugby World Cup:
Campese Ma’afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Mesulame Dolokoto, Samuel Matavesi, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Manasa Saulo, Kalivati Tawake, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato Backs: Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Levani Botia, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola, Vereniki Goneva, Filipo Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Semi Radradra, Josua Tuisova, Alivereti Veitokani, Kini