Extended squad named

RusilaTamoi (centre) trains with the Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs at the Nadi International School grounds.Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

A strong 71-member extended Fijiana XVs squad was announced by head coach Senirusi Seruvakula after the completion of the National 10s competition at Tavua’s Garvey Park last weekend.

Seruvakula said the squad selected were the cream of women’s rugby players in the country who participated in the Fiji Rugby Union’s 2020 Skipper Cup, 2020 Vodafone Vanua competition, the Regional 10s event and the National 10s competition.

“The composition of the squad includes some young girls,” he said. “It’s a mixture of experienced players who participated in the qualifiers late last year with new talents identified during the various women’s competitions this year.

“It wasn’t easy selecting the extended squad and am very impressed with the abundance of women ruggers in the country.

“We are going to rotate them in regards to their level of understanding about the system.

“Some players would be dropped and we would be in camp every month.”

The extended squad boasts familiar names although a notable exclusion is Nadi’s Leilani Burnes.

There were 39 forwards and 32 back line players named in the extended Fijiana squad. The first two-day camp would be held from tomorrow (November 24th).

The squad:
Forwards: 1. Vika Matarubu 2. Makereta Tunidau 3. Litia Marama 4. Joma Sera 5. Sereima Leweniqila 6. Josivini Gusivalu 7. Laisa Taga 8. Akosita Raratabu 9. Karalaini Nasewa 10. Maria Marawa 11. Lanieta Lala 12. Laisa Vosa 13. Aliti Vosabiai 14. Mariana Talatoka 15. Merewai Cumu 16. Mere Tuidama 17. Senimelia Waqa 18. Maria Narara 19. Sereima Rauqe 20. Rusila Nagasau 21. Vasiti Turaganisolevu 22. Isabella Koi 23. Salanieta Railumu 24. Emily Taylor 25. Akosita Lete 26. Luisa Kunadua 27. Margaret Tabuanitoga 28. Fulori Nabura 29. Bulou Wainikiti 30. Doreen Narokete 31. Verenaisi Bari 32. Keleni Marawa 33. Ilivani Biukula 34. Ema Adivitaloga 35. Eunice Rainima 36. Torika Semo 37. Mere Moto 38. Nioni Nai and 39. Lavenia Tinai. Backs: 1. Mereula Torooti 2. Ana Maria Roqica 3. Setaita Railumu 4. Tokasa Seniyasi 5. Livia Nadei 6. Lusia Basei 7. Seleima Vuidravuwalu 8. Sisilia Namatasere 9. Mereani Moceituba 10. Mela Matanatabu 11. Ro Ela Radiniyavuni 12. Sesenieli Donu 13. Vasiti Solikoviti 14. Vitalina Naikore 15. Ana Maria Naimasi 16. Adi Vani Buleki 17. Miliakere Raluve 18. Raijieli Daveua 19. Losana Bainivalu 20. Aloesi Nakoci 21. Adi Ana Rawailala 22. Litiana Vueti 23. Taraivini Adiraba 24. Rusila Tamoi 25. Priscilla Siata 26. Loata Rokobe 27. Mereani Solevu 28. Virisila Radovu 29. Reapi Uluinasau 30. Lavena Cavuru 31. Laisana Likuceva 32. Asena Rokomarama

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