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Discussion in 'World Cup 2021' started by milton, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. milton

    milton Juniors

    Sep 6, 2005
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    I have been pretty impressed with how the Fiji talent is performing in the NRL heading into the world cup. They have a forward pack like never before and finally a half playing at NRL level. 2021 may not be their year but they will be dangerous come 2025 if they continue to develop NRL talent. It's a shame Vunivalu and Nualongo are leaving the game this year for Union but they still have plenty of depth. Let's hope the Saifiti brothers commit to Fiji as I think Daniel will be on Australia's radar-based on his current form.

    Potential team:
    1. Kevin Naiqama
    2. Maikele Ravalawa
    3. Waqa Blake
    4. Brayden Williame
    5. Maika Sivo

    6. Apasai Korisaou
    7. Brandon Wakeham

    8. Tui Kamikamica
    9. Joe Lovadua
    10. Daniel Saifit
    11. Viliami Kikau
    12. Tariq Simms
    13. Korbin Simms

    14. Siti Moceeidreke
    15. Jocob Saifit
    16. Kane Evans
    17. King Vuniyawa

    Others to consider:
    Taane Milne
    Regan Campbell Gillard
    Marcelo Montoya
    Isaac Lumelume
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  2. Coastbloke

    Coastbloke Bench

    May 31, 2005
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    It means nothing if the Pacific Islands can't play a Oceania Cup this year.
    November is months away and there should no reason why a OC can't be played while Australia and the NRL indulge themselves in Origin..

    England and France also need competition to prepare for 2021. With Tonga, Fiji, NZ and Englad being denied International matches all I can see is a Kangaroos v England or NZ 40-6 win...
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  3. jim_57

    jim_57 Bench

    Jun 29, 2008
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    Hopefully they can get a few more in NRL next year to really boost their chances. Especially if Wakeham and Koroisau can cement starting roles in spine positions. Their forward pack is oretty impressive if they can get Kikau, Sims & Safitis on the park.

    A few more off the top of my head in NSW or QCup at NRL clubs:
    Vudogo (Broncos), Valemei (Radiers), Ravutaumata (Warriors).
  4. ed612313

    ed612313 Juniors

    Nov 13, 2008
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    Hiws it work with saifiti? Given he has pkayed origin?
  5. stormbati

    stormbati Bench

    Mar 2, 2009
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    You can play Origin and a second tier nation. I think.
  6. stormbati

    stormbati Bench

    Mar 2, 2009
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    Fiji’s best team was back in 2013.
    2017 they overachieved and 2021 tbh they’re not looking ood for depth.
  7. LeagueXIII

    LeagueXIII First Grade

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Money coming in for WC tilt:


    $0.8M For World Cup

    FNRL acting chairman Don Natabe said yesterday the proposed funds would be directed to the Vodafone Fijian Bati’s preparations for next year’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) in England.

    By Simione Haravanua
    18 Jun 2020 11:07

    Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

    The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) had submitted its budget of $800,000 to the Fiji National Sports Commission.

    FNRL acting chairman Don Natabe said yesterday the proposed funds would be directed to the Vodafone Fijian Bati’s preparations for next year’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) in England.

    The RLWC will be from October 23, 2021 to November 27, 2021.

    “The funds will cater for the Fijian Bati team throughout the campaign,” Natabe said.

    “That will be the team’s allowance when they’ll be training here in the country and when they leave for England.

    “That should be enough to host the players while they are camping in Fiji and preparing for the World Cup.”

    Natabe said when bringing in players from overseas, who are playing in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, they have to meet certain criteria in terms of meals, High Performance training, insurance and accommodation.

    “For those things we’ve to provide assurance to their (NRL) clubs that we can provide them (players) those minimum requirements.

    “That’s why we need such substantial amount just exclusively for their preparations. The players allowance for the RLWC will be subsidised by the Rugby League International Federations (RLIF).

    “The funds is going to come from what is collected from the World Cup.”

    Natabe said because of the COVID-19 pandemic all sporting organisations were on survival mode, so they would use whatever was given to them.

    “We understand the fact that Government prioritises funding to essential services and other important issues. We will adjust to what the Government will give during the national budget announcement.”


    Meanwhile, FNRL board chairman and Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, also confirmed to SUNsports that they had received a proposal for the setting-up of a junior academy.

    The proposal came from the Fiji Rugby League Players Association.

    The association led by president, Pio Kubuwai along with Wise Kativerata, presented their proposal to the FNRL board of directors, last Thursday.

    The former Bati players want to assist the FNRL development officers on their outreach programme throughout the country.

    “We had discussions with them online during our board meeting,” Naupoto said.

    “The board is looking into their proposal and are looking to make a decision according to what we see best fit for rugby league in the country. The proposal as we see is good and involves the development of rugby league and the talent of our people is important and worth looking at.

    “It is a matter of setting it in place and the right mechanism given that it’s between two countries.

    “We have people here in Fiji while that group is based in Australia so we should remember all the legal and business procedures that needs to be followed.

    “We have to make sure that we have the correct connections to those groups overseas.”

    Naupoto said they have a development pathway in the country through the Kaiviti Silktails, but they also need to have a look at it as well.

    “We are glad with the interest towards development; we just need make sure that whatever mechanism is put in place- is placed correctly.

    “That is because we don’t any violate rules and regulations as far as FNRL is concerned.”

    Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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