Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee this afternoon announced the squad that will march into camp on Monday 13 July in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce a strong squad for the Pacific Nations Cup starting this week in Fiji against Tonga at the ANZ stadium in Suva this coming Saturday,” said Head Coach John McKee.
Campese Ma’afu, Peni Ravai, Joeli Veitayaki, Manasa Saulo, Isei Colati, Taniela Koroi, Talemaitoga Tuapati, Sunia Koto, Villiame Veikoso, Api Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Nemia Soqeta, Dom Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera, Peceli Yato, Masi Matadigo, Malakai Ravulo,
Nikola Matawalu, Nemia Kenatale, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Josh Matavesi, Lepani Botia, Gabby Lovobalavu, Vereniki Goneva, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Waisea Nayacalevu, Nemani Nadolo, Metuisela Talebula, Kini Murimurivalu.
Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Lee Roy Atalifo, Jale Sassen, Api Naikatini, Nemani Nagusa, John Dyer, Serupepeli Vularika, Seremaia Bai, Benito Masilevu, Napolioni Nalaga.
“Although disappointing to go down by 1-point against the strong Maori All Blacks side, the team can take many positives from the performance,” he added.
“Particularly in the 1st-half I could see the potential of this group and the players really applied themselves to the Game Plan we have been developing in training.
“The squad will work hard on key aspects of our game tomorrow and Tuesday along with conditioning fitness work and gym training before working on the specifics for the match against Tonga this coming weekend.
“We will take a close look at player’s performance in training before selecting the team for the next match.
“Expect some rotational changes as we work on balancing game time for all squad members and heavy training cycles for those players not selected in the Match Day 23,” McKee said.
The Vodafone Flying Fijians will face the “Ikale Tahi” team (Tonga) in their first Pacific Nations Cup match at 3.00pm on Saturday 18 July at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The team then travels to the USA to play Samoa on Friday 24 July and onto Canada where they play Japan on Wednesday 29 July.