Fiji locals handed RWC chance

Fiji have included 13 locally-based players in an initial 43-man World Cup squad named on Saturday.

The squad was picked after a series of trial matches in the Fijian capital of Suva. Seven players that are currently injured or unavailable will be added at a later date to bring this World Cup preparation squad to 50 players.

The final squad will be trimmed to 30 players, although it remains unclear how many of these will be affected by travel sanctions New Zealand imposes ont members of Fiji’s military and their families.

Fiji are set to meet the Springboks in Pool D at the World Cup this September.

Fiji squad – Seremaia Baikeinuku, Vitoria Buatava, Sireli Bobo, Ilikena Bolakoro, Tevita Cavubati, Waisea Daveta, Adriu Delai, Graham Dewes, Ravai Fatiaki, Vereniki Goneva, Sekonaia Kalou, Sunia Koto, Sisa Koyamaibole, Wame Lewaravu, Nicky Little, Gabriele Lovobalavu, Waisale Luveniyali, Campese Ma’afu, Penijamini Makutu, Deacon Manu, Taniela Maravunawasawasa, Masi Matadigo, Joshua Matavesi, Kini Murimurivalu, Timoci Nagusa, Jimilai Naikadawa, Jone Nailiko, Sireli Naqelevuki, Akapusi Qera, Seru Rabeni, Malakai Ravulo, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Setefano Samoca, Nemia Serelevu, Netani Talei, Talemaitoga Tuapati, Waisale Vatuvoka, Viliame Veikoso, Malakai Volau, Napolioni Vonowale, Albert Vulivuli, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Apisalome Waqatabu.