Fiji call up their Rebel

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:44
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Melbourne Rebels flyhalf Ben Volavola has been named in Fiji's 36-man squad for June's international Test series.

Volavola has made seven appearances, including starts in the last three games against the Sharks, Kings and Lions, for the Rebels in 2017.

The 26-year-old could go from friend to foe should he run out in Melbourne against the Wallabies on Saturday, June 10.

The Fijians will contest five internationals during the Test window in June - against Australia, Italy and Scotland, as well as the 2019 World Cup qualifying Test matches against Tonga and Samoa.

Twenty-eight players will travel to Melbourne for the Australia Test, while those that are involved in the France Top 14 and other European finals are expected to join camp in Fiji for the Italy and Scotland test matches.

Fijian coach John McKee said that he has named a large strong squad to ensure he has players available who have been playing top level rugby and are physically ready to play in the five test match campaign.

"I am very pleased to be able to name a strong squad for our Test Match series across June and July," McKee said.

"This series of matches provides us with a challenging test series and will allow us to see where we are on the world stage.

"Each opposition will bring special challenges and I am sure with good preparation and hard work this group will come together as a very strong team to represent the country of Fiji with pride," McKee added.

Fijian squad: Leeroy Atalifo, Levani Botia, Tevita Cavubati, Naulia Dawai, Eroni Vasiteri, Vereniki Goneva, Sunia Koto, Campese Ma'afu, Manasa Saulo, Viliame Mata, Nikola Matawalu, Metuisela Talebula, Kini Murimurivalu, Sikeli Nabou, Nemani Nadolo, Nemani Nagusa, Timoci Nagusa, Leone Nakarawa, Patrick Osborne, Akapusi Qera, Api Ratuniyarawa, Peni Ravai, Jale Sassen, Henry Seniloli, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Kalivati Tawake, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Josua Tuisova, Jale Vatubua, Joeli Veitayaki, Mosese Voka, Ben Volavola, Serupepeli Vularika, Albert Vulivuli, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato.