Rapid Rugby ready to rumble in Fiji

Blessed with an abundance of pace, poise and rugby nous, Fiji is a rugby stronghold that prides itself on its free-scoring, fast-moving style. And it is that combination that have so many people counting down the days until the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui are unleashed on Global Rapid Rugby.

The Fijians will open their Rapid Rugby campaign at home against Kagifa Samoa at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday. With Fijian national team talent including Frank Lomani, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto and Mosese Voka, as well as representatives from Fijian Drua’s 2018 National Rugby Championship winning squad, there is no shortage of quality.

LAUTOKA, FIJI – OCTOBER 27: Eroni Mawi and Luke Tagi of Fijian Drua celebrate with the NRC trophy after winning the NRC Grand Final match between Fijian Drua and Queensland Country at Churchill Park on October 27, 2018 in Lautoka, Fiji. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

“It’s going to be very exciting and interesting for the fans to watch. It’s going to be a very fast flowing rugby. The fans will love to see the Fijian flair of rugby as our players love running with the ball. It’s totally different from 15 aside here in Fiji,” said Coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

Sixteen players from Suva Rugby Union, ten from Namosi and five each from Nadroga and Naitasiri make up the 36 member Fijian Latui squad. Seruvakula has had his players in camp over the past few weeks getting them up to speed.

“The players are adapting well and I believe it is not new to them as this is how the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua played last year; running rugby from the ’22 to the try line,” Seruvakula said.

“The players need to be very fit physically and mentally. There is a lot of running and a lot of skill level to be tested in the competition.

“It’s a fast pace game of rugby… there are some rules such as the players not being allowed to kick from the 22 meter line and also rolling subs which is good.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 13: Serupepeli Vularika of Fiji Drua passes the ball during the round seven NRC match between Western Force and Fiji Drua at UWA Sports Park on October 13, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Saturday is the start of two massive weeks of Rapid Rugby at Churchill Park. Following the clash against Kagifa Samoa, Fijian Latui face the Western Force who went undefeated to win the recent Asia Showcase Series and are determined to back that up with victory in the Pacific campaign.

Local fans will be treated to a double delight with each Rapid Rugby match preceded by Vanua Championship clashes: Yasawa v Vatukoula (Sat, 18 May) and Lautoka v Yasawa (Sat, 25 May).


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Swire Shipping Fijian Latui Squad

First name Surname Position
Avete Daveta Center
Timoci Davu Number Eight
Mesulame Dolokoto Hooker
Johnny Dyer Number Eight
Netava Koroisau Flyhalf
Frank Lomani Scrumhalf
Enele Malele Fullback
Jone Manu Flyhalf
Vatiliai Matakaca Flanker
Eroni Mawi Prop
Vasikali Mudu Flanker
Meli Nakarawa Fullback
Peni Naulago Lock
Fabiano Navabale Flyhalf
Necani Nawaqadau Lock
Mateo Qolisese Prop
Alifereti Rabukawaqa Prop
Peni Raidre Flanker
Lepani Raiyala Wing
Tuidraki Samusamuvodre Flyhalf
Filimoni Seru Flanker
Tuifagalele Soro Lock
John Stewart Center
Luke Tagi Prop
Ifereimi Tovilevu Wing
Peni Tupou Prop
Apisai Vatubuli Prop
Joeli Veitayaki Prop
Tuvere Veremalua Hooker
Mosese Voka Flanker
Apisalome Vota Center
Seru Vularika Scrumhalf
Apisalome Waqatabu Fullback
Tira Wilagi Wing

Coaching Staff

Senirusi Seruvakula Head Coach
Bill Gadolo Forwards Coach
Norman Ligairi Backline Coach

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