Jone Rova. [Photo Credit: Stuff.co.nz ]
Fijian Jone Rova is in the New Zealand match-day squad to face Fiji tonight in the first round of the Oceania Rugby Under-20 Championship at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Australia.
The former New Zealand Barbarian and Waikato Chiefs U-18 player from Vusaratu village in Natewa, Cakaudrove will come off the bench for the side.
Another player with links to Fiji is Nikola Vikena who has been named on the wing.
Canterbury’s George Bell will captain the side and alongside lock Fabian Holland and second five-eighth Riley Higgins completes the trio with Super Rugby experience in the starting line-up.
The last time the two sides met was in 2019 where New Zealand thrashed Fiji 53-7.
Fiji U-20 takes on New Zealand at 7pm tonight.