Fiji name 45-man wider squad

Fiji name 45-man wider squad

Fijians Head Coach Simon Raiwalui has today announced a wider squad of 45 players for the upcoming July test series against Tonga on 22nd July 2023, Samoa on 29thJuly 2023, Japan on 5th August 2023, and pre-Rugby World Cup warm-up matches against France on 19th August 2023 and England on 26th August 2023.

The wider squad includes 23 players from the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua who are currently preparing for the Super Rugby Pacific quarterfinal against the Crusaders on Saturday, 13 players from French Top 14, 5 from the English Premiership and 1 each from French Pro D2, United Rugby Championship, Japan Rugby League One and Super Rugby. There are 10 uncapped players named amongst the experienced overseas-based Flying Fijians.

With niggling injuries to a few players, Coach Raiwalui will await the outcome of this weekend’s quarterfinal clash between the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and the Crusaders before naming the final squad of 38 that marches into camp later this month.

The 12 front rowers in the squad consist of loosehead props Peni Ravai {Queensland Reds}, Eroni Mawi {Saracens}, Haereti Hetet {Fijian Drua}, Meli Tuni {Fijian Drua}, hookers Sam Matavesi {Northampton Saints}, Tevita Ikanivere {Fijian Drua}, Zuriel Togiatama {Fijian Drua}, Mesulame Dolokoto {Fijian Drua} and tighthead props Mesake Doge {Fijian Drua}, Luke Tagi {Provence Rugby}, Samu Tawake {Fijian Drua}, Jone Koroiduadua {Fijian Drua}.

41 cap Flying Fijian lock Apisalome Ratuniyarawa {London Irish}, has been named in the second row alongside Isoa Nasilasila {Fijian Drua} and Temo Mayanavanua {Lyon}. The utility forwards are packed with experience with the likes of Albert Tuisue {Gloucester}, Peceli Yato {Clermont} and Drua pack of Lekima Tagitagivalu, Joseva Tamani and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta.

The robust back row experience of Levani Botia {La Rochelle}, Viliame Mata {Edinburgh} and Kitione Kamikamica will guide young Meli Derenalagi {Fijian Drua}, and Vilive Miramira {Fijian Drua}.

An all-Fijian Drua halfback trio of Frank Lomani, Simione Kuruvoli and Peni Matawalu have been named in the wider squad, Teti Tela {Fijian Drua}, Caleb Muntz {Fijian Drua} and Ben Volavola {Racing 92} as fly-halfs.

The line-breakers creating opportunities in midfield are Josua Tuisova {Lyon}, Kalaveti Ravouvou {Fijian Drua}, Adrea Cocagi {Fijian Drua}, Waisea Nayacalevu {Toulon}, Iosefo Masi {Fijian Drua}, and Seta Tamanivalu {Toshiba Brave}.

Coach Raiwalui has also roped in specialist players in the Back three who have been in their best form for their clubs. Vinaya Habosi {Racing 92}, Jiuta Wainiqolo {Toulon}, Selestino Ravutaumada {Fijian Drua}, Ilaisa Drosese {Fijian Drua} and Setareki Tuicuvu {Brive} have all been included in to the extended squad. Semi Radradra {Bristol Bears}, Sireli Maqala {Bayonne} and Vilimoni Botitu {Castres} are named as utility backs.

The Flying Fijians will assemble on the 30th of this month and will be based in Taveuni for a week.

Loosehead Prop

Peni Ravai

Haereti Hetet

Eroni Mawi

Meli Tuni*


Samuela Matavesi

Tevita Ikanivere

Zuriel Togiatama*

Mesulame Dolokoto

Tighthead Prop

Mesake Doge

Luke Tagi

Samu Tawake

Jone Koroiduadua*

Second Row

Isoa Nasilasila

Apisalome Ratuniyarawa

Temo Mayanavanua

Utility Forwards

Albert Tuisue

Peceli Yato

Lekima Tagitagivalu*

Joseva Tamani*

Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta


Levani Botia

Viliame Mata

Meli Derenalagi*

Vilive Miramira*

Kitione Kamikamica


Frank Lomani

Simione Kuruvoli

Peni Matawalu


Teti Tela

Caleb Muntz*

Ben Volavola

Inside Centre

Josua Tuisova

Kalaveti Ravouvou

Adrea Cocagi

Outside Center

Waisea Nayacalevu

Iosefo Masi*

Seta Tamanivalu

Back Three

Vinaya Habosi

Jiuta Wainiqolo

Selestino Ravutaumada*

Ilaisa Drosese

Setareki Tuicuvu


Semi Radradra

Sireli Maqala

Vilimoni Botitu

Key: * Uncapped Players


July Test Series Fixtures:

Saturday 22nd July, Churchill Park, Lautoka:

12pm: Fiji Water Flying Fijians VS Tonga


Saturday 29th July, Apia Park, Apia:

12pm: Samoa VS Fiji Water Flying Fijians


Saturday 5th August, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo

10.15pm: Japan VS Fiji Water Flying Fijians

Pre-World Cup Warm-Up Matches:

Sunday 20th August, Stade de la Beaujoire, France:

7:05am: France VS Fiji Water Flying Fijians


Sunday 27th August, Twickenham Stadium, England

2:15am: France VS Fiji Water Flying Fijians

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