Cotter names Flying Fijians squad for November Tour

Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has selected his 31-member squad to face Scotland, Ireland and French Barbarians during their Autumn tour test matches next month.

Cotter said the selection was based on players’ performance during the season, both for their clubs and during the July international window this year.  

“We have been watching the Northern Hemisphere players playing and we are quite happy that a lot of them have been getting game time for their respective clubs overseas,” he said.

Bayonne-based Sireli Maqala plus Fijian Drua’s Leone Rotuisolia and Livai Natave are likely to earn their first cap while Viliame Mata, Leeroy Atalifo, and Semi Radradra return from injury to join the Flying Fijians camp. Also back in the squad is veteran fullback Kini Murimurivalu, who has been having an excellent season for Leicester Tigers.

Players who have not been considered due to injury are Seta Tamanivalu, Meli Derenalagi, Vilive Miramira and Kitione Salawa while Ben Volavola has been left out because of a lack of game time for his club.

Teti Tela and Vilimoni Botitu are expected to share the fly halves position during the tour.

Cotter said: “It’s a great opportunity to play the number one team in the world, Ireland, followed by Scotland who is always hard to beat at home and French Barbarians will be a very tough opponent.

“The players need to step up and these games will give us the references we need to work on especially for the Fijian Drua players.

“They will have these experiences going into the Super Rugby Pacific and they will be able to develop their skills and players who play in North will finish this season soon and try hard to earn a spot in July next year.”

Flying Fijians Extended Squad:

Loosehead Prop
Haereiti Hetet
Eroni Mawi
Livai Natave

Tevita Ikanivere
Mesulame Dolokoto
Sam Matavesi

Tighthead Prop
Manasa Saulo
Leeroy Atalifo
Luke Tagi

Temo Mayanavanua
Isoa Nasilasila
Apisalome Ratuniyarawa
Leone Ratuisolia

Viliame Mata
Kitione Kamikamica
Albert Tuisue

Peni Matawalu
Simione Kuruvoli
Frank Lomani

Teti Tela
Utility Back
Sireli Maqala
Vilimoni Botitu

Levani Botia
Kalaveti Ravouvou
Waisea Nayacalevu
Semi Radradra

Jiuta Wainiqolo
Manasa Mataele
Vinaya Habosi

Full Back
Setareki Tuicuvu
Kini Murimurivalu

Saturday, 5th November 2022
1am              Flying Fijians V Scotland                        Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Saturday, 12th November 2022
1am              Flying Fijians V Ireland                          Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Saturday, 19th November 2022
TBC             Flying Fijians V French Barbarians         Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lill

Source: Fiji Rugby Union

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