Vodafone Fijiana 15’s Head Coach Inoke Male has named his 23-member squad for their opening game of the inaugural World Rugby WXV3 tournament against Colombia.
New Zealand-based Iva Sauira starts on the wing and Nadroga rep Unaisi Lalabalavu will make her debut off the bench.
The front row features Ana Korovata, Karalaini Naisewa, and Bitila Tawake. In the second row, Doreen Narokete pairs up with Mereoni Nakesa, while Merevesi Ofakimalino will play as the blindside flanker, and Sulita Waisega takes on the openside role.
Captain Sereima Leweniqila will wear the number 8 jersey. The starting half-back duo comprises Setaita Railumu and Jennifer Ravutia.
Sauira will be joined on the wing by Adita Milinia.
Vani Arei will play inside center, and Merewai Cumu will take the outside center position. Completing the lineup is Luisa Tisolo at full-back.
The Fijiana 15’s vs Colombia match-up kicks off on Friday at 1am (FJT).
The tournament is being held in Dubai.
Team List:• Ana Korovata• Bitila Tawake• Karalaini Naisewa• Doreen Narokete• Mereoni Nakesa• Merevesi Ofakimalino• Sulita Waisega• Sereima Leweniqila (Captain)• Setaita Railumu• Jennifer Ravutia• Iva Sauira• Vani Arei• Merewai Cumu• Adita Milinia• Luisa Basei
Impact Players: 16.Unaisi Lalabalavu17.Tiana Robanakadavu18. Salanieta Nabuli19. Nunia Daunimoala20. Adi Fulori Rotagavira21. Evivi Senikarivi22. Salanieta Kinita23. Merewairita Neivosa