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Fiji announce Autumn Nation Series squad

Fiji announce Autumn Nation Series squad

Mesulame Kunavula

Fiji have announced their 28-man squad for their upcoming Autumn Nation Series internationals against Spain, Wales and Georgia.

The majority of players selected are from the Gallagher Premiership, Top 14 and Pro D2, and the United Rugby Championship.

Loosehead props Peni Ravai and Eroni Mawi are selected as are Northampton Saints hooker Samuel Matavesi and Peniami Narisia.

Autumn Nations Series fixtures

Toulon’s Leone Nakarawa is among the locks selected alongside London Irish’s Albert Tuisue while Luke Tagi, Mesake Doge and Leeroy Atalifo are selected at tight head prop.

Peceli Yato and Johnny Dyer are chosen at backrow as are Bili Mata and Mesulame Kunavula, while Frank Lomani and Nikola Matawalu are the halfbacks included.

Perpignan star Ben Volavola has been named as the sole fly-half specialist while Levani Botia is one of four centres included in Gareth Baber’s squad, with Eroni Sau and Seta Tuicuvu among those chosen at wing.

Peni Ravai scores a try

There are also maiden call-ups for wings Aminiasi Tuimaba and Juita Wainiqolo, flyhalf Vilimoni Botitu and backrow Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

The squad will assemble on 31st October ahead of their opening match against Spain, which will take place at the Estadio Central in Madrid on 7th November.

They then head to the Principality Stadium to take on Wales on the 15th November before facing Georgia on the 20th November in a yet to be decided venue.

Due to covid restrictions no southern hemisphere-based players or coaches are selected, meaning head coach Vern Cotter and his regular coaching staff will not be present during the series.

In his absence Baber, who managed the Fiji Rugby Sevens team to Olympic gold in Tokyo this summer, will act as head coach.

Former Ireland international Rory Best and Scotland international Duncan Hodge, as well as highly experienced coach Richie Gray, will act as his assistant coaches. 

Full Fiji 28-man squad:

Forwards: Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Samuel Matavesi, Peniami Narisia, Luke Tagi, Mesake Doge, Leeroy Atalifo, Tevita Ratuva, Temo Mayanavanua, Albert Tuisue, Leone Nakarawa, Peceli Yato, Johnny Dyer, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Mesulame Kunavula, Bill Mata

Backs: Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Ben Volavola, Vilimoni Botitu, Levani Botia, Eneriko Buliruarua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova, Eroni Sau, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Seta Tuicuvu

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