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League convert earns Fiji nod


Star rugby league convert named in Fiji squad

Toulon rugby league convert Semi Radradra has been named in the Fijian national team for the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup, where he joins club teammate Josua Tuisova.

The former Parramatta Eels superstar has also declared his availability to represent the Fijian national sevens team at July’s Rugby Sevens World Cup.

25-year-old Radradra joins an electric Fiji backline featuring Newcastle Falcons’ Vereniki Goneva and Montpellier’s Nemani Nadolo.

Radradra has previously represented his home nation in rugby league and in union at the Under 20 level.

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He played in the NRL for five seasons – all with the Parramatta Eels – after being scouted while playing for Fiji at the Dubai leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2011. Radradra made the switch to rugby union in 2017 when he joined French Top 14 club Toulon.

John McKee’s Fiji side will play two test matches at Suva’s ANZ Stadium and another fixture at Lautoka’s Churchill Park. The tests will be played against Romania, Georgia and Pacific neighbours Tonga.

Fijian squad:

Prop – Campese Maáfu, Peni Ravai, Eroni Mawi, Ropate Rinakama, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo.
Hooker – Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ratunaisa Navuma, Tuvere Veremalua
Lock – Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Albert Tuisue
Back Row – Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Nemani Nagusa, Akapusi Qera
Halfback – Henry Seniloli, Frank Lomani, Serupepeli Vularika
Fly Half – Ben Volavola
Centre – Jale Vatubua, Sevanaia Galala, Semi Radrara
Wing – Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa
Fullback – Kini Murimurivalu
Players on Standby – Eremasi Radrodro, Nikola Matawalu, Eroni Vasiteri, Patrick Osborne, Benito Masilevu, Seta Tuicuvu

Not Considered due to injury – Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Levani Botia

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