Cape Town - Fiji's preparations for the Rugby World Cup have taken another step forward after the island nation named a 50-man training squad for their upcoming
fixtures against the Maori All Blacks in the Pacific Nations Cup.
squad, which will join together in camp on July 1, will have almost
two weeks together as a group before they host the Maori All Blacks in
Suva, with the return fixture in Auckland coming a week after.
The Flying Fijians’ Pacific Nations Cup commitments will then see them take on Japan in Kamaishi in the final week of July, before hosting Canada and Samoa in Suva over the first two weeks of August.
the conclusion of those five matches, Fiji coach John McKee will then
make his final decision on the 31-man squad he will take to Japan for the 2019 World Cup.
Despite the Montpellier duo of Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa retiring from international duty earlier this month, the 50-man squad to be assembled in July does not lack for star power.
Drawn in Pool
D with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay, Fiji’s chances of making the quarter-finals
might seem slim on paper, but they are being talked up as
the dark horse of the competition.
Fiji’s 50-man training squad:
Leeroy Atalifo, Mesulame Dolokoto, Sunia Koto, Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Luke Tagi, Kalivati Tawake, Joeli Veitayaki, Tuvere
Locks / Loose forwards
Tevita Cavubati, Johnny Dyer, Semi Kunatani, Temo Mayanavanua, Viliame Mata, Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Nemani Nagusa, Jale Railala, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Albert
Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Dominiko
Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato
Scrumhalves / Flyhalves
Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Peni Matawalu, Henri Senioli, Seru Vularika
Lepani Botia, Sevanaia Galala, Josh Matavesi, Alivereti
Veitokani, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola
Wings / Fullbacks
Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu, Kini
Murimurivalu, Filipo Nakosi, Apisai Naqalevu, Waisea
Nayacelevu, Patrick Osbourne, Semi Radradra, Eroni Sau, Metuisela
Talebula, Joshua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu