28 Sep 2016

Sport: Fiji Bati name NRL-heavy squad for Samoa test

2:43 pm on 28 September 2016

Fiji have named a team packed with NRL experience to face Toa Samoa in next month's one-off rugby league test in Apia.

Wests Tigers speedster Kevin Naiqama is set to play his 10th test for the Bati after missing the Melanesian Cup defeat to Papua New Guinea in May.

Manly hooker Apoisai Koroisau and Knights forward Korbin Sims are also poised to pull on the Fiji jersey for the first time in 2016, while Lautoka-born Panthers centre Waqa Blake is in line to make his test debut at Apia Park.

Kevin Naiqama of Wests Tigers.

Kevin Naiqama of Wests Tigers. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Etuate Qionimacawa, who starred with a hat-trick in the May test against the Kumuls, is absent from the 18-strong squad, with Pio Seci and Saimoni Lomaloma are the only locally based players included.

Fiji Residents take on Tonga in Suva.

Fiji Residents take on Tonga in Suva. Photo: Fiji National Rugby League

Seci was a part of the wider Bati squad for the Pacific Test while Lomaloma captained the Fiji Residents against Tonga and Canada earlier this year.

Toa Samoa is celebrating 30 years of rugby league in the country by playing it's first official Test on home soil againt the Bati next month.

Fiji Bati squad:

  • 1. Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers)
  • 2. Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • 3. Waqa Blake (Penrith Panthers)
  • 4. Brayden Williame (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
  • 5. Marcelo Montoya (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • 6. Sitveni Moceidreke (North Sydney Bears)
  • 7. Henry Raiwalui (Wentworthville Magpies)
  • 8. Vitale Roqica (Cronulla Sharks)
  • 9. Apisai Koroisau (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
  • 10. Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters)
  • 11. Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)
  • 12. Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Roosters)
  • 13. Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights)
  • 14. Erevonu (Tui) Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm)
  • 15. Petero (Ben) Nakubuwai (Melbourne Storm)
  • 16. Pio Seci (Fiji)
  • 17. James Storer (Port Kembla - Illawarra)
  • 18. Saimoni Lomaloma (Fiji)