The Fijian Latui is based in Suva with a squad drawn mainly from players based locally in Fiji. The Latui participated in four Pacific Showcase matches in 2019, which were a precursor to them joining Global Rapid Rugby in 2020. They open their campaign against the China Lions in Suva on March 14.
ANZ Stadium, Suva – Has a capacity of 15,000 with undercover seating for 4,000 spectators and concrete and grass embankments for approximately 11,000. The venue is primarily used for rugby and soccer matches and also has a track.
Sky blue jerseys with black and white trim, black shorts and sky blue socks.
What CEO, John O’Connor has to say about Global Rapid Rugby
“With Global Rapid Rugby we are entering an exciting new phase for Fijian rugby as it provides further opportunities for us to grow the game and develop talent.
“Exposure to high-quality opposition is a huge benefit for our younger players who will be gaining invaluable exposure to elite competition. After last year’s Pacific Showcase excitement is high at the prospect of enjoying a fully-fledged home and away tournament. Global Rapid Rugby will bring fast-paced, action-packed rugby that suits our style and which our fans are sure to love.”
Coach: Senirusi Seravakula
Senirusi Seravakula was appointed coach of the Fijian Latui in 2019. He is also Head Coach of the Fiji Warriors junior development team and has also served as Assistant coach to the Fijian senior team. Between 2017 and 2019, Seravakula coached the Fijian Drua in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC). The team placed third in 2017, won the title in 2018 and reached the semi-finals in 2019. As a player, Seravakula was a flanker who played one test for Fiji against Samoa in 2002.
What can we expect to see from the Fijian Latui, according to coach Senirusi Seravakula
“The team has gone through a dynamic learning process in the pre-tournament camp, with a focus on core elements of their play and structure. “We have dug into the clarity of rugby so the boys could familiarise themselves with our system of play, and I have been witnessing a lot of improvements.
“Knowing how rapid and swift the plays will be in the tournament, we have been working on their stamina and keeping their composure while under pressure. We are also polishing up our skills and working on our communication. We need to be effective in these areas as it plays a big role in our game. If we get these areas right then there’s definitely a good chance of getting things our way.”
“We have some fresh faces in the squad and learning from each outing will be important. For some of them here, it is the first time they will play at this level. So, we are working on getting them composed at this level so they can show the best they can do. They have raw talents and we just need to get that out of them, for them to play their best.”
Players to watch
Caleb Muntz – flyhalf Caleb is a young flyhalf who has the potential to become a full international in years to come. In 2019, he made a great impact at Under-20 level and for the Fiji Warriors in the Pacific Challenge.
Joeli Veitayaki – prop Joeli is a veteran loosehead prop who will be relied upon to give stability to the Fijian pack. He is a powerful and experienced scrummager.
Eremasi Radrodro – loose forward Eremasi is a seasoned backrower with international experience. He made his Test debut against Tonga in 2016 and was in the Fijian team that faced the Barbarians in London last November.
Serupepeli Valurika – scrumhalf Serupepeli is an exciting young scrumhalf with heaps of potential who has made an impact for the Fijian Drua in the Australian NRC over the past few seasons.
Tevita Ikanivere – hooker Tevita is a talented young hooker who has represented the Fijian Drua in the Australian NRC. He is strong and mobile with a physical edge to his game.
March 14 vs China Lions in Suva
March 21 vs South China Tigers in Suva
March 28 vs Western Force in Suva
April 11 vs Malaysia Valke in Kuala Lumpur
April 19 vs Manuma Samoa in Suva
April 24 vs South China Tigers in Hong Kong
May 3 vs China Lions in Rotarua
May 9 vs Western Force in Perth
May 16 vs Malaysia Valke in Suva
May 23 vs Manuma Samoa in Apia
Did you know?
Latui in Fijian refers to the Fiji goshawk, a small hawk that is indigenous to the island. The Latui uses either a stealthy glide or a rapid flapping attack to hunt its prey.