The Kaivit Silktails rugby league team has been named to face the Wolves in their opening match of the NSWRL Ron Massey Cup at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.
The side was announced last night in Lautoka during the launch of the Kaiviti Silktails team.
The side will be captained by seasoned player Apakuki Tavodi of the USP Raiders.
Some other players named in the 18 men team include Timoci Namotukula, Maika Serulevu, Vereti Peceli, Ilisavani Jegesa, Marika Tagicakibau and Tikiko Noke.
Coach Brandon Costin says the team is excited to play their first match this Saturday.
“We just need to hold the ball a lot more and keep the ball away from the opposition as much as we can and just learning to play a professional type of football is where we will start and we will grow every week but I think this week will be a real good test for our boys.”
Chairman of the Silktails team Petero Civoniceva says the journey has been a challenging one but it will all pay off when the side plays its first match.
Civoniceva says the main objective of the Silktails is to provide exposure to the local players.
The side will play Wolves this Saturday at 3pm.
1. Ratu Timoci Namotukula – Ravoravo Rabbitohs
2. Ropate Tobe – Army Bears
3. Maika Serulevu – West Fiji Dolphins
4. Turaganivalu Nabetelevu – Nadera Panthers
5. Vereti Peceli – Nadera Panthers
6. Peter Muni – Makoi Bulldogs
7. Apimeleki Lutuimawi – West Fiji Dolphins
8. Osea Sadrau – West Coast Storms
9. Penioni Tagituimua – Nadera Panthers
10. Ilisavani Jegesa – Nabua Broncos
11. Apakuki Tavodi – USP Raiders (Captain)
12. Marika Tagicakibau – Army Bears
13. Ratu Jowasa Drodrolagi – Nabua Broncos
14. Jovilisi Natoya – Coastline Roos
15. Waisea Nasekai – Ravoravo Rabbitohs
16. Tikiko Noke – Ravoravo Rabbitohs
17. Josaia Raboiliku – Coastline Roos
18. Rupeni Naikawakawa – Nadera Panthers