Fiji name much-changed squad for tour
October 25, 2012
Vereniki Goneva has been called up by Fiji © PA Photos
Fiji have named 16 uncapped players in their squad ahead of the autumn internationals.
The 30-man squad will open their campaign against England on November 10 before then facing Gloucester at Kingsholm. They will then play Ireland in a non-capped international at Thomond Park and then finish off their four-match tour with a match against Georgia.
The Aviva Premiership has three representatives in the party with Josh Matavesi (Worcester Warriors), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers) and Ravai Fatiaki (Worcester Warriors) all getting the nod. And Scarlets prop Deacon Manu is also included.
But there is no place in the squad for the man who skippered the team during the Pacific Nations Cup - Netani Talei. Talei is out with a knee injury and head coach Inoke Male will consult his backroom staff before naming a new captain.
"Netani was earmarked to captain the side on the Europe tour, but now that he is injured I have to discuss with the management team who the best candidate is for captain," Male said. "We have a few players in mind and they are Leone Nakarawa, Setefano Somoca and Deacon Manu that have shown good leadership skills in the past."
Setefano Somoca, Deacon Manu, Ratu Penijamini Makutu, Manasa Saulo, Seremaia Naureure, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Leone Nakarawa, Apisai Naikatini, Sokonaia Kalou, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Iliesa Ratuva, Malakai Volau, Malakai Ravulo, Jone Qovu, Jovili Domolailai, Nemani Nagusa, Nikola Matawalu, Nemia Kenatale, Metuisela Talebula, Jonetani Ralulu, Josh Matavesi, Kelemedi Bola, Vereniki Goneva, Josaia Lotawa, Ravai Fatiaki, Samu Wara, Watisoni Votu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Simeli Koniferedi.
Non-travelling reserves: Vesi Rarawa, Campese Ma'afu, Waqabaca Kotobalavu, Sireli Naqelevuki, Aisea Natoga.
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