Rabbitoh Lote Tuqiri has today (Sunday) been named in a 19 man Fiji Bati side to take on Toa Samoa in Saturday’s Pacific Test at Sportingbet Stadium.
Coach Rick Stone, who has a few positional decisions to make before Saturday’s game, is pleased to retain the majority of his 2013 World Cup squad for the Four Nations qualifier. Stone believes the Pacific Test will be another great chance to showcase the game, particularly in Fiji.
“We continue to work hard to raise the profile of rugby league in Fiji and this game provides us with another chance to do that off the back of the World Cup,” Stone said.
“The NRL Clubs have been great in allowing their players to take part in the Pacific Test, which plays a significant role in growing the game.
“Last year’s Pacific Test between Samoa and Tonga was a wonderful spectacle and I expect it to be no different when Fiji meet Samoa this Saturday night.”
The 19-man squad go into camp on Monday and will be based in Penrith for the week.
The Pacific Test kicks of at 7.30pm on Saturday May 3, with the winner qualifying for the Four Nations tournament also involving Australia, New Zealand and England in October.
The Fiji Bati 19-man squad in alphabetical order is:
Waqa Blake (Penrith Panthers)
Peni Botiki (Cutters)
Jason Bukuya (Warriors)
Regan Cambell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters)
Aaron Groom (Asquith)
Marika Koroibete (Wests Tigers)
Eto Nabuli (Penrith Panthers)
Kevin Naiqama (Penrith Panthers)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Wests Tigers)
Semi Radradra (Parramatta Eels)
Vitale Jr Roqica (Cronulla Sharks)
Osea Sadrau (Fiji)
Ashton Sims (c) (North Queensland Cowboys)
Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights)
James Storer (Illawarra)
Alipate Tani (Cutters)
Atunaisa (Turagaiviu Fiji)
Lote Tuqiri (South Sydney Rabbitohs)