16 Aug 2019

SPORT: 15 debutants named in Flying Fijians squad for the Rugby World Cup

3:48 pm on 16 August 2019

The Flying Fijians have named a youthful squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.

Dominiko Waganiburotu will captain the side which has 15 Rugby World Cup debutants in its ranks and five players stepping out for their third major tournament.

Edinburgh star Viliame Mata is back for the Flying Fijians.

Edinburgh star Viliame Mata is back for the Flying Fijians. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In a statement from Fiji Rugby, head coach John McKee reminded the players of the great responsibility they have been given to represent their country.

"With 35 days until our opening match against the Wallabies now is the time to step our preparation up in the final phase to ensure we put ourselves in the best position to achieve our performance goals at RWC," McKee said.

McKee added there is only one way to achieve the goals the squad have set.

"They must not merely wish for something special to happen. They must put in the hard work and commitment to make it happen," McKee said.

The Flying Fijians go into camp today and will fly out in ten days time to New Zealand to play their final build up test against Tonga on 31 August at Eden Park.

The Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad


Loose-Head Props: Campese Ma'afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai.

Hooker: Mesulame Dolokoto, Samuel Matavesi, Ratu Vere Vugakoto.

Tight-Head Prop: Lee-Roy Atalifo, Manasa Saulo, Kalivati Tawake.

Locks: Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa,Tevita Ratuva.

Loose Forwards:Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato.


Halfbacks: Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Henry Seniloli.

Inside Backs: Levani Botia, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola.

Outside Backs: Vereniki Goneva, Filipo Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Semi Radradra, Josua Tuisova.

Utility Backs: Joshua Matavesi, Alivereti Veitokani

Fullback: Kini Murimurivalu

You can check the Rugby World Cup 2019 schedule here.