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Four Fijians in Wallabies squad

November 2, 2017 5:36 pm

Four Fijian players have been named in the Australian rugby side as they prepare to face Japan in the autumn tour.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Marika Koroibete and Henry Speight on the wings while Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi will partner up in the mid-field for the first since last year’s England series.

Australia last played Japan in the 2007 World Cup, and the two sides have never met on Japanese soil.

Australia plays Japan on this Sunday.

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Four Fijians in Wallabies squad

July 2, 2015 6:30 pm

For the first time in history, four Fijian players have been named in the Australian rugby side.

Brumbies duo Henry Speight and Tevita Kuridrani, Queensland Reds Samu Kerevi and New South Wales winger, Taqele Naiyaravoro were included in the 40-man squad ahead of the Rugby Championship opening game against South Africa on July 18th.

Naiyaravoro was initially named in the Vodafone Flying Fijians extended squad for the Pacific Nations Cup after indicating to coach, John McKee of his interest to play for his land of birth.

Speight, has been included in the squad despite serving a five-match suspension for a dangerous tackle in the Super Rugby competition.

Meanwhile, another Fiji-born player, Setareki Tamanivalu, has been added to the New Zealand All Blacks squad for the historic test match against Samoa in Apia this month.

The Chiefs centre is one of three new players in the squad after several key players were ruled out as they will be featuring in the all-New Zealand Super Rugby final between the Highlanders and Hurricanes tomorrow.