Action between Fiji and Georgia. Photo Courtesy/Fiji

Fiji name squad for Autumn Nations Cup preparations


Fiji Rugby’s 15s Head Coach Vern Cotter has revealed his squad for the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup preparations. 

Foreign-based players in the squad include Bristol Bears star Semi Radradra, London Irish forward Albert Tuisue and Toulon powerhouse Josua Tuisova. Waikato prop Haereiti Hetet, Northland forward Temo Mayanavanua and France based Kitione Kamikamica and Lekima Tagitagivalu have also gotten a chance in the squad.

Winger Nemani Nadolo makes his return to international duties after announcing an early retirement last year. Local based players Tevita Ikanivere, Samuela Tawake, Jone Koroiduadua, Chris Minimbi, Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre and Serupepeli Vularika have also been considered.

The nine have been part of the Skipper Cup and have been training together under the Fiji Rugby Academy.

The squad will hit the camp on 25 October in preparation to face France on 15 November, Italy on 21 November and Scotland 7 days later on 29 November at BT Murrayfield.

Flying Fijians will also play Portugal on 6 November as a warm-up to the Autumn Nations Cup.

FIJI AIRWAYS FLYING FIJIANS 2020 TOURING SQUAD:

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Haereiti Hetet

HOOKER

Mesulame Dolokoto, Sam Matavesi, Tevita Ikanivere,

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TIGHTHEAD PROP

Samuela Tawake, Mesake Doge, Jone Koroiduadua,

SECOND ROW

Tevita Ratuva, Leone Nakarawa, Temo Mayanavanua, Chris Minimbi,

BACK ROW / UTILITY

Mesulame Kunavula, Kitione Kamikamica, Johnny Dyer, Albert Tuisue, Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Lekima Tagitagivalu,

HALFBACK

Frank Lomani, Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli,

FLYHALF

Ben Volavola, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre

CENTER

Semi Radradra, Lepani Botia, Serupepeli Vularika, Jale Vatubua, Waisea Nayacalevu

WINGER

Nemani Nadolo, Josua Tuisova,

FULLBACK

Kini Murimurivalu

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