Three players from the NRL Grand Final between Penrith and Parramatta have been named in the Fiji squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Victorious Panthers duo Api Koroisau and Viliame Kikau been been named alongside Parramatta’s Maika Sivo in a powerful Fijian squad for the World Cup, which is held in England.
There are several other NRL stars who are in Joe Dakuitoga’s squad for this autumn’s tournament, such as Tui Kamikamica (Storm), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Semi Valemei (Raiders) and Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs).
Dakuitoga has also named Isaac Lumelume (Bulldogs) and Pio Seci (Manly) in his 24-man squad.
Sunia Turuva, who is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the game, is all but certain to wear the number one jersey for Fiji.
Huddersfield-bound Kevin Naiqama will more than likely be made captain at what will be his third World Cup. The 33-year-old centre will join the Giants on a two-year deal from next season.
King Vuniyayawa (Salford), Sitiveni Moceidreke (London Broncos) and Ben Nakubuwai (Leigh) are the only UK-based players in the Fijian squad.
Jowasa Drodrolagi, who has been plying his trade for Carcassonne in the French Elite 1 Championship, could feature in his first World Cup.
Fiji squad for the World Cup:
Pio Maisamoa Seci
Fiji are in a group alongside Australia, Italy and Scotland. The Bati get their World Cup campaign underway against reigning champions Australia at Headingley on Saturday, October 15.