Fiji squad to tour New Zealand
July 22, 2003

Fiji coach Mac McCallion has named a squad of 26 players to tour New Zealand.

Of the 30 players that toured Australia last month, reserve props Jo Bale and Paula Biu, flanker Seta Tawake, fly-half Joseph Narruhn, wing Isaac Mow and Namosi fullback Atonio Nariva missed the cut.

Coming in to replace them are hooker Greg Smith from New Zealand and England-based fly-half Nicky Little, but halfback Jacob Rauluni misses out through injury. He remains in Brisbane getting treatment for a ligament injury he sustained in the opening minutes of the Fiji v Tonga Test on 4 July.

McCallion said one of the determining factors in his choices was whether a player could play in more than one position.

"We play three games in the South Island and then have a tough four-match tour of South America, so I need players who basically can cover other positions," the former New Zealand Maori captain said.

Fiji kick off the tour on 3 August with a match against Canterbury Development XV, followed by the Canterbury NPC team on 6 August and Marlborough-Blenheim on 9 August before travelling to South America to face Chile, Argentina and Uruguay in Ausgust.

Tour Squad:

Forwards:
Richard Nyholt, Isaia Rasila, Greg Smith, Kele Leawere, Sisa Koyamaibole, Kitione Salawa, Ro Alivereti Doviverata (c), Koli Sewabu, Alifereti Mocelutu, Joe Veitayaki, Naca Seru, Bill Gadolo, Emori Katalau, Api Naevo, Mosese Rauluni.

Backs:
Sami Rabaka, Nicky Little, Waisale, Serevi, Seru Rabeni, Aisea Tuilevu, Epeli Ruivadra, Saimoni Rokini, Vilimoni Delasau, Marika Vunibaka, Sekove Leawere, Alfie Uluinayau (vice-captain).

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