No Fiji reprieve for Wallaby discard

2015-08-24 10:06
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Gallo)

Suva - Fiji coach John McKee on Monday ruled out giving Taqele Naiyaravoro a last-minute Rugby World Cup call-up after the blockbusting winger failed to make Australia's squad for the tournament.

McKee said he would consider selecting Fiji-born Naiyaravoro down the track but would not disrupt planning for next month's event in England to accommodate him.

"Taqele is certainly back on my radar for the future," McKee said.

"Just because Taqele was effectively not available for us in this World Cup, doesn't mean we won't select him for the future... (but) I'm very happy with the wings we've named."

At 1.94 metres tall and weighing 123 kg, Naiyaravoro's combination of speed and power has been compared to Jonah Lomu.

The 23 year-old was included in the Wallabies extended World Cup squad after strong Super 15 form for the NSW Waratahs.

But he failed to make Australia's 31-man squad named last week after confirming he was taking up a contract with Celtic League champions Glasgow Warriors.

Ninth-ranked Fiji are in the so-called pool of death at the World Cup, with England, Australia and Wales.

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