July 4,2015 (SUVA) – The Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee this afternoon announced a 36 member squad that will march into camp on Monday 06 July in the build up to the Maori All Blacks match next Saturday at 3.00pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
“As we enter the next phase of our Rugby World Cup preparation and match-week for the Maori All Blacks I am very pleased to be able to name a very strong squad of players for our second (2 nd ) camp,” McKee said.
1.Campese Ma’afu 2. Tuapati Talemaitoga 3. Manasa Saulo 4. Api Ratuniyarawa 5. Leone Nakarawa 6. Dominiko 13.Viriniki Goneva 14. Benidito Masilevu 15. Kini Murimurivalu 16. Peni Ravai 17. Villiame Veikoso 18. Isei Calati 19.Tevita Cavubati 20.Malakai Ravulo 21.Nemia Kenatali 22.Nemia Kenatali 23.Metuisela Talebula 24.Joeli Veitayaki. 25.Sunia Koto 26.Taniela Koroi 27. Api Naikatini 28. Nemia Soqeta 29. Peceli Yato 30. Henry Seniloli 31. Jonetani Ralulu 32. Lepani Botia 33.Asaeli Tikoirotuma 34.Waisea Nayacalevu 35. Napoloni Nalaga 36.Jale Sassen
He also said competition for spots in this year’s Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) squad will be intense as seen by the depth in strength by position across the squad.
New players to the squad are Ben Volavola (Waratahs), Waisea Nayacalevu, (Paris), Napolioni Nalaga and Peceli Yato, (Clermont).
“These players will really be looking to make their mark in squad training to show that they’ve got what it takes to make selection for the Maori All Blacks match and PNC Tournament,” McKee said.
“Assistant Coach Lineout’s & Restarts Frans Ludeke arrived today (Saturday) from South Africa and has immediately got down to work studying the form of our players and looking at out lineout strategy for next week,” McKee added.
Frans Ludeke has been the Blue Bulls Head-Coach from 2008 to 2015. The Blue Bulls won the Super Rugby competition in 2009 and 2010.
McKee said the Maori All Blacks provides an ideal start to Fiji’s Rugby World Cup Campaign. “I expect an open and fast moving game with both teams prepared to play a running game.”
McKee said the Maori All Blacks will provide a very stern test for their set-play at scrum and lineout. “We will be doing plenty of work in these areas in training this week,” he said.
The Vodafone Flying Fijians coaching team boast’s strong rugby icons and also include (1) Assistant Coach – Attack: Tabai Matson (2) Assistant Coach – Defence and Skills: Moses Rauluni and (4) Assistant Coach – Scrum: Alan Muir.
The extended squad broke camp at Novotel Lami today (for the weekend) after 3 intense days of fitness sessions. They face the Maori All Blacks at 3.00pm on Saturday 11 July at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The Vodafone Flying Fijians then travel to the USA and play Samoa on Friday 24 July and then travel onto Canada where they play Japan on Wednesday 29 July 2015.