Seruvakula names Fijiana XVs squad for Rugby World Cup

Fijiana 15’s Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has selected his 32-member squad for the Rugby World Cup which begins in New Zealand next month.

The traveling party consists of 23 local provincial players, 15 of whom played for the Fijiana Drua that won the Super W Championship in their inaugural outing this year. The team also has six overseas-based players and six Fijiana 7s players who were part of the national team that won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games last year and the silver medal at the recent Commonwealth Games.

“It was so hard to select the best 32 players going to the Rugby World Cup. I had discussions with the other coaches as it was important to understand their thoughts and did a thorough review of all our matches before we made our final selections and put the names down for those traveling to New Zealand,” Seruvakula said.

Jade Coates and Vani Arei have not been selected due to medical reasons, but the former is still in with a chance as an injury cover when she completes her rehab in two weeks’ time.

“So she will be in New Zealand and in case of any injury then we will bring her into the team.”

Seruvakula said they were blessed to play four Test matches this year which set the platform for these girls.

“The big test for us was last week against Wahine Maori and also the two Test matches we played earlier in the year against Wallaroos and Japan. It was good to play these matches which gave the players the much-needed exposure and then an idea to us on their level of performance” said Seruvakula.

“A lot of girls have stepped up as far as their performance is concerned. These girls have experience playing at the international level, they just need the confidence to play on the world stage.

Eight-cap No.8 Sereima Leweniqila will captain the side. She is one of the most senior players on the team, having played in almost all Test matches and qualifiers for the Fijiana 15s since 2016.

“She has been one of the stand-out players and she had played a lot of games for Fijiana and that’s one of the reasons why we have decided her to be the captain and she got the backing of the senior players,” said Seruvakula.

The Fijiana 15’s travels to New Zealand on Sunday.

Fijiana 15’s World Cup Squad:

  1. Joma Rubuti
  2. Bitila Tawake
  3. Mereoni Vonosere
  4. Asinate Serevi
  5. Sulita Waisega
  6. Karalaini Naisewa
  7. Ema Adivitaloga
  8. Sereima Leweniqila {Captain}                                   
  9. Ana Maria Roqica
  10. Merewalesi Rokouono
  11. Vitalina Naikore
  12. Akanisi Sokoiwasa
  13. Raijieli Laqeretabua
  14. Ilisapeci Delaiwau
  15. Alowesi Nakoci
  16. Jiowana Sauto
  17. Iris Verebalavu
  18. Bulou Vasuturaga
  19. Merevesi Ofakimalino
  20. Akosita Ravato
  21. Rusila Nagasau
  22. Timaima Ravisa
  23. Roela Radiniyavuni
  24. Siteri Rasolea
  25. Vika Matarugu                                                         
  26. Raijieli Daveua
  27. Kolora Lomani
  28. Melaia Matanatabu                                                   
  29. Ana Maria Naimasi
  30. Talei Wilson
  31. Sesenieli Donu
  32. Lavena Cavuru


  1. Senirusi Seruvakula                               Head Coach
  2. Asaeli Tikoirotuma                                 Backs Coach
  3. Greg Smith                                           Scrums Coach
  4. Inoke Male                                            Line-Out Coach
  5. Mosese Rauluni                                    Defence Coach
  6. Jeniffer Khalik                                       Team Physio
  7. Isimeli Naulumatua                                Assistant Physio
  8. Dr Jone Nasome                                   Team Doctor
  9. Tikiko Namaua                                      Team Trainer
  10. Sanaila Vitau                                         Assistant Trainer
  11. Vashneel Prasad                                   Media Manager
  12. Josua Vuto                                           Video Analyst
  13. Talei Mow                                             Team Manager

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8th October, 2022
Saturday 16:45
Fijiana V
Eden Park,
16th October, 2022
Sunday 17:45
Fijiana V
South Africa
Waitakere Stadium,
22nd October, 2022
Saturday 19:15
Fijiana V
Northland Events Center,
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