Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy kicks-off in Fiji

Oceania Rugby, Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:02AM

Cook Islands Captain Tangaroa Hosea and Fiji Captain Eroni Mawi eye off the Oceania Rugby Under 20 Trophy on Friday 25 November.

Fiji Rugby Union is set to host the 2016 Oceania Rugby Under 20 Trophy which kicks off at 3pm Saturday 26 November 2016 at ANZ Stadium Suva. The 2016 tournament will see young stars of the game from Fiji, Cook Islands and Tonga compete for a place at the 2017 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy in August/September in Uruguay.

Bruce Cook, Rugby Services Manager Oceania, from World Rugby said ‘The Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy is an exciting opportunity for our emerging talent in the region and will give local fans the opportunity to see the next generation of players from the respective nations’

John O’Connor Fiji Rugby CEO said ‘Fiji Rugby is proud to be hosting this tournament and we are looking forward to watching a great spectacle of Rugby and we strongly encourage the fans and families to come and watch the emerging stars from Fiji and the Oceania region.’

The Cook Islands team arrived in Suva on the 23rd of November following an intense camp in Auckland which saw a visit from Sir Graham Henry, former New Zealand All Blacks coach. Sir Graham Henry provided an insight into international level rugby and some words of encouragement to the Cook Islanders.

Cook Islands Captain Tangaroa Hosea is hoping that his team, which is made up from Cook Island, New Zealand and Australian based players, can ‘Ignore the heat and humidity in Suva tomorrow, following their camp in Auckland, and make their Country Proud’

Fijian Captain Eroni Mawi said that ‘preparations have been going well for the team and they are looking forward to the match against the Cooks’. He thanked the fans for their support and hopes to see many of them at the stadium on Saturday.

The Tonga U20s team will arrive in Suva on Tuesday 29th November ahead of their first match against Cook Islands.

2016 Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy Schedule (ANZ Stadium – Suva, Fiji)

Fiji v Cook Islands, Saturday 25 November, 3.00 pm FJST
Tonga v Cook Islands, Friday 2 December, 3.00 pm FJST
Fiji v Tonga, Saturday 10 December, 3.00 pm FJST

All matches will be livestreamed and can be found at the stream will begin 5mins before kick off.
Gates will open at ANZ Stadium, Suva 45mins prior to kick off.
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Fiji U20 Squad
Coach: Salimoni Ravouvou
Assistant Coach: Kele Leawere
Manager: Ame Baleitamavua

Name / Club / Position
Eroni Mawi Naiasiri, Senikau [Prop]
Inoke Ravuiwasa Marist Club Prop
Ratu Alifereti Rabukawaqa Naitasiri RU [Prop]
Luke Tagi Caubati Prop
Isaack Winston Cavu Joondaop Brothers Rugby Hooker
Vuniani Mokalou Naitasiri R C [Hooker]
Ratu Vugakoto Nelson College Prop
Temo Sukayawa Mayanavanua Covernant brothers Locks
Jale RailalaNaulu Volau Vakaloloma Naitasiri [Lock]
Isei Radrodro QVS Under 18 Locks
Serupepeli Uru Nadroga [Lock]
Ratu Kinivuwai Veitata QVS Under 18 Loose man
Saimoni Banuve Nasinu U18 Flanker
Ratu Rotuisolia Cairns Brothers No 8
Frank Lomani Marist Club [Halfback]
Ratu Peni Matawalu Naitasiri, Senikau Halfback
Jone Manu Covenant Brothers [Flyhalf]
Quientin Blake St Mary club Fly half
Filimoni Savou Suva Wardens Inside centre
Vilimoni Botitu Natabua Under 18 2nd 5/8
Veramu Dikedikelati Lelean Under 18 Centre
Semisi Matawalu Warderns Club Wing / 2nd 5/8
Viliame Tuidraki Nelson Marist [Winger, Fullback]
Tira Wilagi Cuvu Collage Wing / Centre
Timoci Tavatavanawai QVS Under 18 Wing / Centre
Savenaca Navuniharau Nadrala Rugby Club Wing


Cook Islands U20 Squad
Coach: Stan Wright
Assistant Coach: Dean Bickerton
Manager: Cam Kilgour

NAME / Club / Position
Christian Vainerere Ashburton Celtic; Mid Canterbury Heartland Team 2nd 5/8, Centre
Jake Malbon Tauranga Half Back, 1st Five
Ethan Cayless Rockingham rugby union club; Force Under 20s Loose Forward
Gene Te Amo Manurewa; Counties Bs Centre
Zac Martin Grammr TEC Prop
Jay Matia Rockingham rugby union club; Force Under 20s Lock
Jason Potoru TKV; Twins Half Back, Wing
Tom Potoru TKV; Twins Wing, Full Back
Alex Nootai Tupapa Centre, Wing
Richmond Tongatama Fraser Tech; Waikato under 19s Lock, Loose Forward
Jeronia Rongo Grammar TEC Prop
Tangaroa Hosea Harlequins Rugby Union Club; Rebels Squad NRC Lock, Loose Forward
Kora Kora Ngatangiia Dragons Prop
Adidas Hapi Rockingham Rugby Union; Force Under 20s Wing, Fullback
Santana Marshall-Baker Rockingham Rugby Union; Force Under 20s Full Back, Half Back
Kastello Nuku-Nansen Papatoetoe rugby club Hooker
Tanire Mokoroa Grammar TEC Loose forward, Lock
Iiai Arona Te Rarawa Half Back, Wing
Taiapa Graham Rockingham Rugby Union Centre, Wing
James Strckland Grammar TEC Fullback, Wing
Nelson Ngaiorae Arorangi cowboys Hooker
O'Neal Rongo Kerikeri; Northland Bs Loose Forward, Lock
Sean Ben Kiria papatoetoe Loose Forward
Keegan Laursen Foxton Rugby Club Hooker
Henry Tetini Ponsonby; 2016 NZ Rugby Nat Champs 1st 5/8, Full Back
Jayd Kapa Old boys marist; Northland Under 19s 1st 5/8, Full Back


Tonga U20 Squad
Coach: Tuivaita Ueleni
Assistant Coach: Atunasia Sikalu

Name / Club / Position
Kilisimasi Jr. 'Akau TONGA COLLEGE Prop
Lisiate Vuni Huihui TOLOA Lock
Sione Haveikaetau Falepapalangi TAILULU Loose forward
Paula Vaha'I Lolohea APIFOOU COLLEGE Hooker
Aisea Mausia Pupungatoa Leone TAKUILAU Loose forward
Petelo Po'uhila LAVENGAMALIE Prop
Anthony 'Amato APIFOOU COLLEGE Lock
Violeti Kolo TONGA COLLEGE Fullback
Sione Havili Va'eno TONGA COLLEGE Inside center
Bruce Lee Ikamanu TOLOA Loose forward
Hufangahau Sunia Latu TAILULU Wing
Sekonaia Molitungua 'Ahome'e APIFOOU COLLEGE Wing
Katilimoni 'Ofa ki Dunvant Tu'ipulotu TAKUILAU Lock
Tevita 'Ekuasi LAVENGAMALIE Loose forward
Isileli 'Ahokava 'Isitolo APIFOOU COLLEGE Prop
Pita Netane Tautau Pulotu Siale TONGA COLLEGE Inside center
Fine Tokai TONGA COLLEGE 1/2back
Patelesio Oneone TOLOA Flyhalf
Young Pongi TAILULU Outside center
Penisimani Tuipulotu APIFOOU COLLEGE 1/2back
Valentini Tuipulotu TAKUILAU Flyhalf
Sione Vaihu LAVENGAMALIE Outside center
Christian Etoni APIFOOU COLLEGE Hooker
Viliami Kaufusi TONGA COLLEGE Fullback
Taniela Hufanga TONGA COLLEGE Loose forward
Vili Sika Maake TOLOA Prop

Further Information:
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Last updated: Saturday November 26, 2016 12:18PM