Cotter names squad for All Blacks Test, with Botia to lead

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter has named a powerful 33-member squad for their historic 2-Test series against the All-Blacks next month.

The squad will be captained by France-based center Levani Botia.

Semi Radradra was not selected due to club commitments. His side the Bristol Bears are playing in the English Premiership Semi-finals and due to this Radradra will not be able to clear the 14-day mandatory quarantine period in New Zealand in time for the first Test match. 

Cotter has introduced some exciting young local players such as Onisi Ratave and Vinaya Habosi who represent Namosi Rugby in the Skipper Cup.

Robust Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele and nippy Reds scrum half Mosese Sorovi have also forced their way into the squad after outstanding super rugby seasons.

Flying Fijians 33-member squad:

Forwards: Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Haereiti Hetet, Sam Matavesi, Peniami Narisia, Mesulame Dolokoto, Luke Tagi, Mesake Doge, Leeroy Atalifo, Tevita Ratuva, Temo Mayanavanua Leone Nakarawa, Albert Tuisue, Mesulame Kunavula, Kitione Kamikamica, John Dyer, Peceli Yato,

Backs: Frank Lomani, Simione Kuruvoli, Ben Volavola, Teti Tela, Levani Botia, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Eneriko Buliruarua, Onisi Ratave, Nemani Nadolo, Vinaya Habosi, Eroni Sau, Seta Tuicuvu and Kini Murimurivalu.

The Flying Fijians will play the All Blacks on 10 July and 17 July in Dunedin and Hamilton respectively.

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