Five local players make the cut for Fijiana 15s test matches against Japan

Five local players make the cut for Fijiana 15s test matches against Japan

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 07/09/2023
Photo: Fiji Rugby

Five local players from the ANZ Marama Championship have impressed Vodafone Fijiana 15s coach Inoke Male and pushed their way into the squad for the 2 test series against Japan.

The players are Salanieta Nabuli (Navosa), Tiana Robanakadavu (Suva), Kiniti Sala (Yasawa), Merewairita Naivosa (Nadroga) and Atelaite Buna (Nadi), who will potentially make their debut for the national team.

Fijiana 15s head coach Inoke Male says he was impressed that the new players have showcased their abilities during training and have rightfully earned their spots in the team.

Male says they are happy to have a few girls who are on the national team for the first time, they have proven themselves and deserve to wear the white colours.

He says it is a different squad with different combinations expected so the Japan test is good for the girls to get some game time in before they play in the WXV3 later next month.

The team also includes former 7s star Rusila Nagasau who is making a permanent change into the 15’s code and the return of 2022 Fijiana Drua flanker Ema Adivitaloga, Asinate Serevi.

A timely addition into the squad sees Karalaini Naisewa, Nunia Uluikadavu, Keleni Marawa, and Luisa Tisolo, who recently completed their Fiji Navy recruitment course a week ago.

The Vodafone Fijiana 15’s team is set to compete in two matches against Japan, with the first scheduled for this Sunday September 10th, followed by the second next Saturday.

TEAM LIST:

Naisewa Karalaini, Nabuli Salanieta Adi Drodronasiga, Robanakadavu Tiana, Rasolea Siteri Vuanimasei, Marama Litia, Marawa Keleni, Korovata Ana Nadovu, Narokete Doreen Mere Karamatana, Asinate Serevi, Grace B Lagilagimaijapani, Daunimoala Nunia, Waisega Sulita Colaisu, Rotagavira Adi Fulori, Leweniqila Sereima Dibula, Nakesa Mereoni, Tinanivalu Teresia, Senikarivi Evivi Radinivuna, Adivitaloga Ema, Kinita Sala, Ravutia Jennifer Goodsir, Neivosa Merewairita, Milinia Adita Christine, Cumu Merewai, Nagasau Rusila, Railumu Setaita Natai Dakunaikorocau, Moceisawana Laisani, Vosadrau Wainikiti, Tisolo Luisa Basei, Ralivanawa Atelaite Buna.

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