22 Aug 2011

Sport: Fiji include Nakarawa in Rugby World Cup squad

10:27 am on 22 August 2011

Army lock Leone Nakarawa was the notable inclusion when Fiji named their Rugby World Cup squad at the weekend.

Nine local players were selected including Nakarawa, who has been given a temporary visa to enter New Zealand following his resignation from Fiji's Military Forces.

The New Zealand Governement has a travel ban on Fijian military personel and family members.

New Zealand's Green Party has criticised the move, saying there's no evidence Nakarawa has distanced himself from the military regime,but the Prime Minister, John Key, does not believe Nakarawa will go back to Fiji's military.

"That was a factor we checked through. My understanding is, although I'm not his manager, that he has a number of offers from international clubs to play rugby so he's not going to go back to the military after the world cup, presuming he performs alright. He's going to go and play rugby for some club overseas."

Nadroga locks Rupeni Nasiga and Sekonaia Kalou, former Clermont player Napolioni Nalaga, props Setefano Somoca and Waisea Daveta, Nadi hooker Viliame Veikoso, Tailevu scrumhalf Nemia Ranuku and Naitasiri centre Ravai Fatiaki were also included.

Prop Graham Dewes and lock Ifereimi Rawaqa missed selection after both being involved at the last World Cup in 2007.

The full squad is:

1. Campese Ma'afu, 2. Deacon Manu, 3. Setefano Somoca, 4. Waisea Daveta, 5. Viliame Veikoso, 6. Tuapati Talemaitoga, 7. Sunia Koto, 8. Sekonaia Kalou, 9. Leone Nakarawa, 10. Wame Lewaravu, 11. Rupeni Nasiga, 12. Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 13. Sisa Koyamaibole, 14. Akapusi Qera, 15. Netani Talei, 16. Masi Matadigo, 17. Malakai Ravulo, 18. Nemia Ranuku, 19. Vitori Buatava, 20. Waisea Luveniyali, 21. Seremaia Baikeinuku, 22. Nicky Little, 23. Albert Vulivuli, 24. Gabirieli Lovobalavu, 25. Ravai Fatiaki, 26. Vereniki Goneva, 27. Napolioni Nalaga, 28. Michael Tagicakibau, 29. Kini Murimurivalu, 30. Iliesa Keresoni