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16 Fijians to star in the NRL Auckland Nines

A record number of Fijians are set to star in this weekends National Rugby League Auckland Nines after 16 players were confirmed to play at the tournament. A statement from the Fiji New South Wales Cup Bid said the tournament which takes place 6-7 February will see the largest ever number of Fijians represented in the […]

Peni Shute

February 4, 2016 2:18 pm

A record number of Fijians are set to star in this weekends National Rugby League Auckland Nines after 16 players were confirmed to play at the tournament.

Eels winger Semi Radradra Photo: ZeroTackle.com
Eels winger Semi Radradra Photo: ZeroTackle.com

A statement from the Fiji New South Wales Cup Bid said the tournament which takes place 6-7 February will see the largest ever number of Fijians represented in the shortened version of rugby league.

The usual speedsters will be represented with the game’s best try scorer Parramatta Eels flyer Semi Radradra looking to dominate and form new combinations with a star of star recruits, while Marika Koroibete will look to continue his impressive form into the new year.

In the Hunua pool are Fiji Bati youngsters Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury Bulldogs), Brayden Wiliame and Fabian Goodall with a new look Manly Sea Eagles.

The Waiheke pool is arguably the strongest with four Fijians namely Semi Radradra (Eels), Marika Koroibete (Storm), Roosters train and trial’ forward Eloni Vunakece and John Sutton (captain for the Rabbitohs 9’s).

The Rangitoto pool is “somewhat of a Fijian fest” with eight Fijians represented.

There are five in the Newcastle Knights including Tariq and Korbin Sims, Akuila Uate and twin rookies Daniel and Jacob Saifiti.

Penrith Panthers features experienced younger stars Waqa Blake and Reagan Campbell-Gillard, while regular Bati fullback Kevin Naiqama will again feature with the Wests Tigers.

In the Piha pool, Sisa Waqa plays for the Raiders.

The Fiji NSW Cup Bid said there were other Fijians doing well in the NRL who were being rested for injury rehabilitation and they include Kane Evans, Apisai Koroisau, Viliame Kikau, Suliasi Vunivalu, Junior Rociqa and Jayson Bukuya.

Eels winger Semi Radradra leads a line up of 16 Fijians in the NRL this weekend. Photo: Daily Telegraph
Eels winger Semi Radradra leads a line up of 16 Fijians in the NRL this weekend. Photo: Daily Telegraph

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