Fiji will unveil two uncapped players in the coming Rugby World Cup in France next month; IRB posted this story on their RWC 2007 site:
Fiji coach Ilivasi Tabua has named two uncapped players – scrum half Jone Daunivucu and wing Filimone Bolavucu – in his 30-man squad for Rugby World Cup 2007 in France.
However Daunivucu and Bolavucu are no strangers to the Fijian jersey, having both worn it for the first time against Australia A in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup, the latter scoring two tries in the 14-14 draw in Suva back in June.
Tabua, who played for Australia at RWC 1995 and his native Fiji four years later, has selected a side that bodes well for the future of Fijian rugby with 13 other players yet to reach double figures in Test appearances – nine of whom have less than five caps.
Fly half Nicky Little is the most capped player in the squad with 60 since his debut against South Africa in 1996 with full back Norman Ligairi (38), scrum half Mosese Rauluni (35) and number 8 Sisa Koyamaibole (34) the only others with over 30 caps.
This quartet – together with prop Bill Gadolo, second rows Ifereimi Rawaqa and Kele Leawere and centre Seru Rabeni – all played at Rugby World Cup 2003 when a late try by Scotland prop Tom Smith denied Fiji a first quarter final since 1987.
There is no place for Alifereti Doviverata, with Fiji’s captain at that tournament named among the 15 non-travelling reserves by Tabua, or wing Rupeni Caucau, who is currently serving a three-month ban after testing positive for use of cannabis.
Fiji have been drawn in Pool B at Rugby World Cup 2007 with two-time champions Australia, Wales, Canada and Japan – the latter being their first opponents in Toulouse on 12 September when Fiji will hope to repeat the 41-13 result in 2003.
Forwards (17): Graham Dewes, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Sunia Koto, Vereniki Sauturaga, Jone Railomo, Henry Qiodravu, Bill Gadolo, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Kele Leawere, Isoa Domolailai, Wame Lewaravu, Jone Qovu, Netani Talei, Semisi Naevo, Sisa Koyamaibole, Aca Ratuva, Akapusi Qera.
Backs (13): Jone Daunivucu, Mosese Rauluni, Nicky Little, Waisea Luveniyali, Seremaia Bai, Seru Rabeni, Kameli Ratuvou, Maleli Kunavore, Vilimoni Delasau, Isoa Neivua, Filimone Bolavucu, Gabiriele Lovobalavu, Norman Ligairi.
Caption: Nicky Little is the most capped player in Fiji’s squad. Photo: IRB