Fijiana XVs to host Black Ferns A

Vodafone Fijiana 15s Head Coach Inoke Male has named a 100-plus extended squad, that includes players who voiced their concerns against the Fiji Rugby Union regarding payment issues after their recent tour of Australia, to prepare for a number of internationals later this year including a game against the Black Ferns A.

It is unclear when the game against the Black Ferns A will take place and where, but in a brief statement, the FRU said it would be held in Fiji after their two Test matches against Japan in September.

The Fijiana XVs will also be traveling to Dubai for the Women’s XV3 tournament starting on October 14. The draws for the Women’s XV3 tournament have not yet been released.

Meanwhile, included in Male’s extended squad as well, to compete for places against seasoned Fijiana XVs reps, are 30 high-performance unit (HPU) players and 21 players from the ANZ Marama Championship and the Royal Tea Ranadi competitions.

“We have some of the Fijiana players who are in our wider squad joining the Royal Fiji Navy, therefore, we will have the girls from the High-Performance training with us and providing stiff competition to those in the wider group,” Male said.

Nine overseas-based players, many of whom were part of the team which returned from the recent tour to Australia, during which they played a one-off Test against the Wallaroos, have also been included. Among the nine is Fijiana loosie and Australia-based Sera Ravatudei who featured for the Fijiana Drua in the Super W competition. Another overseas addition to the squad is Mere Kanace, based in New Zealand, who has played for Canterbury Rugby League Women in the NZ National Women’s Premiership.

The Daily Training Environment (DTE) programs in their respective High-Performance Centers (Suva, Sigatoka, and Nadi) start Monday and players have been requested to contact team manager Vela Naucukidi at +679 8311018 (WhatsApp, Viber) or email on vela.naucukidi@fijirugby.net for more details.

Vodafone Fijiana 74-member wider squad
Loose Head Prop:
Ana Korovata
Bulou Wainikiti
Makereta Tunidau
Loraini Seniloli
Taufa Ravouvou
Salanieta Nabuli
Adi Keri Lawavou
Tight Head Prop:
Siteri Rasolea
Iris Verebalavu
Tiana Robanakadavu
Toga Talei
Miriama Namoumou
Lanieta Tuvana
Hooker:
Bitila Tawake
Keleni Marawa
Litia Marama
Isabella Koi
Emily Taylor
Grace Toribau
Left Lock:
Fuga Ofakimalino
Nunia Uluikadavu
Ana Moceiura
Merewai Nasilasila
Elenoa Dauni
Ivamere Lala
Right Lock:
Doreen Narokete
Mereoni Nakesa
Asinate Serevi
Lusiana Tinai
Mereani Kanadroka
Laisa Vosa
Blindside Flanker
Vitalina Mirini
Teresia Matea
Susana Railumu
Salaseini Railumu
Openside Flanker
Sulita Waisega
Fulori Nabura
Ema Adivitaloga
Sainiana Qoro
Sera Ravatudei
No 8:
Sereima Leweniqila
Karalaini Naisewa
Halfback
Evivi Senikarivi
Setaita Railumu
Livia Naidei
Asena Rokomarama
First Five:
Jennifer Ravutia
Luisa Tisolo
Wainikiti Vosadrau
Ani Mei
Salanieta Kinita
Nunia Ravuaceva
Inside Centre:
Merewai Cumu
Meredani Kiliraki
Lanieta Vateqe
Merewairita Naivoha
Outside Centre:
Vani Arei
Vaciseva Cavuru
Ivamere Tabuadei
Keasi Ranadi
Wing:
Adita Milinia
Unaisi Tagabale
Mere Kanace
Sera Bolatini
Rachel Laqeretabua
Taraivini Adiraba
Laisani Moceisawana
Seini Raoma
Atelaite Buna
Fullback:
Rosi Lomani
Adi Mereani Rogosau
Veniana Lewara
Rapeka Mahi


HPU DEVELOPMENT SQUAD:
Liana Ravato
Selai Naliva
Siteri Raibili
Lavenia Tabua
Mere Biau
Anaseini Kamikamica
Unaisi Lalabalavu
Aviyame Veidreyaki
Mere Nasilasila
Carletta Yee
Talei Uluinakauvadra
Levonah Motuliki {NZ}
Setaita Sagati
Noelani Baselala
Elisha Chandra {NZ}
Salanieta Kinita
Nunia Ravuaceva
Michellaé Stolz {NZ}
Laisani Watikadi
Meredani Qoro
Siner Mariner {NZ}
Mereani Solevu
Vani Bainivalu
Loata Berenado
Amy Peters
Michelle Seruvatu
Lesi Leweni
Akisi Vakamaiverata {NZ}
Marica Tukana
Virisita Kauniloloma

Photo: Oceania Rugby

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