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 FJSTTonga v Cook Islands, Friday 2 December, 3.00 pm FJSTFiji v Tonga, Saturday 10 December, 3.00 pm FJST All matches will be livestreamed and can be found at http://fijione.tv/livestream/ the stream will begin 5mins before kick off.Gates will open at ANZ Stadium, Suva 45mins prior to kick off.Follow Oceania Rugby Social Media for live updates and scores.
Fiji U20 SquadCoach: Salimoni RavouvouAssistant Coach: Kele LeawereManager: Ame Baleitamavua
Name / Club / PositionEroni Mawi Naiasiri, Senikau [Prop]Inoke Ravuiwasa Marist Club PropRatu Alifereti Rabukawaqa Naitasiri RU [Prop]Luke Tagi Caubati PropIsaack Winston Cavu Joondaop Brothers Rugby HookerVuniani Mokalou Naitasiri R C [Hooker]Ratu Vugakoto Nelson College PropTemo Sukayawa Mayanavanua Covernant brothers LocksJale RailalaNaulu Volau Vakaloloma Naitasiri [Lock]Isei Radrodro QVS Under 18 LocksSerupepeli Uru Nadroga [Lock]Ratu Kinivuwai Veitata QVS Under 18 Loose manSaimoni Banuve Nasinu U18 FlankerRatu Rotuisolia Cairns Brothers No 8Frank Lomani Marist Club [Halfback]Ratu Peni Matawalu Naitasiri, Senikau HalfbackJone Manu Covenant Brothers [Flyhalf]Quientin Blake St Mary club Fly halfFilimoni Savou Suva Wardens Inside centreVilimoni Botitu Natabua Under 18 2nd 5/8Veramu Dikedikelati Lelean Under 18 CentreSemisi Matawalu Warderns Club Wing / 2nd 5/8Viliame Tuidraki Nelson Marist [Winger, Fullback] Tira Wilagi Cuvu Collage Wing / CentreTimoci Tavatavanawai QVS Under 18 Wing / Centre Savenaca Navuniharau Nadrala Rugby Club Wing
Cook Islands U20 SquadCoach: Stan WrightAssistant Coach: Dean BickertonManager: Cam Kilgour
NAME / Club / PositionChristian Vainerere Ashburton Celtic; Mid Canterbury Heartland Team 2nd 5/8, CentreJake Malbon Tauranga Half Back, 1st FiveEthan Cayless Rockingham rugby union club; Force Under 20s Loose ForwardGene Te Amo Manurewa; Counties Bs CentreZac Martin Grammr TEC PropJay Matia Rockingham rugby union club; Force Under 20s LockJason Potoru TKV; Twins Half Back, WingTom Potoru TKV; Twins Wing, Full BackAlex Nootai Tupapa Centre, WingRichmond Tongatama Fraser Tech; Waikato under 19s Lock, Loose ForwardJeronia Rongo Grammar TEC PropTangaroa Hosea Harlequins Rugby Union Club; Rebels Squad NRC Lock, Loose Forward Kora Kora Ngatangiia Dragons PropAdidas Hapi Rockingham Rugby Union; Force Under 20s Wing, FullbackSantana Marshall-Baker Rockingham Rugby Union; Force Under 20s Full Back, Half BackKastello Nuku-Nansen Papatoetoe rugby club HookerTanire Mokoroa Grammar TEC Loose forward, LockIiai Arona Te Rarawa Half Back, WingTaiapa Graham Rockingham Rugby Union Centre, WingJames Strckland Grammar TEC Fullback, WingNelson Ngaiorae Arorangi cowboys HookerO'Neal Rongo Kerikeri; Northland Bs Loose Forward, LockSean Ben Kiria papatoetoe Loose ForwardKeegan Laursen Foxton Rugby Club HookerHenry Tetini Ponsonby; 2016 NZ Rugby Nat Champs 1st 5/8, Full BackJayd Kapa Old boys marist; Northland Under 19s 1st 5/8, Full Back
Tonga U20 SquadCoach: Tuivaita UeleniAssistant Coach: Atunasia Sikalu
Name / Club / PositionKilisimasi Jr. 'Akau TONGA COLLEGE Prop Lisiate Vuni Huihui TOLOA LockSione Haveikaetau Falepapalangi TAILULU Loose forwardPaula Vaha'I Lolohea APIFOOU COLLEGE HookerAisea Mausia Pupungatoa Leone TAKUILAU Loose forwardPetelo Po'uhila LAVENGAMALIE PropAnthony 'Amato APIFOOU COLLEGE LockVioleti Kolo TONGA COLLEGE FullbackSione Havili Va'eno TONGA COLLEGE Inside centerBruce Lee Ikamanu TOLOA Loose forwardHufangahau Sunia Latu TAILULU WingSekonaia Molitungua 'Ahome'e APIFOOU COLLEGE WingKatilimoni 'Ofa ki Dunvant Tu'ipulotu TAKUILAU LockTevita 'Ekuasi LAVENGAMALIE Loose forwardIsileli 'Ahokava 'Isitolo APIFOOU COLLEGE PropPita Netane Tautau Pulotu Siale TONGA COLLEGE Inside centerFine Tokai TONGA COLLEGE 1/2backPatelesio Oneone TOLOA FlyhalfYoung Pongi TAILULU Outside centerPenisimani Tuipulotu APIFOOU COLLEGE 1/2backValentini Tuipulotu TAKUILAU FlyhalfSione Vaihu LAVENGAMALIE Outside centerChristian Etoni APIFOOU COLLEGE HookerViliami Kaufusi TONGA COLLEGE FullbackTaniela Hufanga TONGA COLLEGE Loose forward Vili Sika Maake TOLOA Prop