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Ma’afu makes Fiji's World Cup training squad

Leicester Tigers prop Campese Ma’afu has been named in Fiji’s wider training group ahead of the upcoming Pacific Test Series.

The series, which incorporates a pair of matches against the Maori All Blacks as well as the Pacific Nations Cup, takes place prior to Fiji head coach John McKee selecting his squad for the World Cup in Japan later this year.

Ma’afu, who has 56 international caps to date, is one of 38 players named in the group ahead of a first fixture against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday, July 13.

A reverse fixture (July 20), as well as matches against Japan (July 27), Canada (August 3) and Samoa (August 10) will follow.

The 34-year-old loosehead prop departs the club this summer after 10 first-team appearances in his season at Welford Road. Former Tigers wing Vereniki Goneva is also included in the wider group.

Mckee said: “It is very pleasing for me to see so many players getting games at their various European clubs.

“Their seasons are now closing down so we hope to see them back into Fiji from next week.

“Now is the time, with all planning in place, I am really looking forward to getting into camp with the players from July 1.

“We know we have a lot of work to do between our assembly and traveling to Japan for our first game against Australia in the Rugby World Cup.”

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 2019 Wider Training Squad

Front Row:
Leeroy Atalifo
Mesulame Dolokoto 
Sunia Koto
Campese Ma’afu
Sam Matavesi
Eroni Mawi
Peni Ravai
Manasa Saulo
Luke Tagi
Kalivati Tawake
Joeli Veitayaki
Tuvere Veremalua

Second/Back Row:
Tevita Cavubati
Johnny Dyer
Semi Kunatani
Temo Mayanavanua
Viliame Mata
Sikeli Nabou
Leone Nakarawa
Nemani Nagusa
Jale Railala
Api Ratuniyarawa
Tevita Ratuva
Albert Tuisue
Mosese Voka
Dominiko Waqaniburotu 
Peceli Yato

Half-Backs:
Frank Lomani
Nikola Matawalu
Peni Matawalu
Henri Senioli
Seru Vularika

Inside Backs:
Lepani Botia
Sevanaia Galala
Josh Matavesi
Alivereti Veitokani
Jale Vatubua
Ben Volavola

Outside Backs:
Vereniki Goneva
Benito Masilevu
Kini Murimurivalu
Filipo Nakosi
Apisai Naqalevu
Waisea Nayacelevu
Patrick Osbourne
Semi Radradra
Eroni Sau
Metuisela Talebula
Joshua Tuisova
Setareki Tuicuvu