Retired prop forward Korbin Sims has been added to Fiji’s World Cup squad and has been named in the 19-man team to face Italy.
Sims, 30, announced his retirement at the end of 2022 Super League season. He made 173 career appearances for Newcastle Knights, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull KR, and also won nine caps for Fiji.
However, he could yet return to the field during the World Cup tournament against Italy on Saturday at Kingston Park.
He has been included in their 19-man squad, given the number three shirt.
Sims represented his heritage at the 2013 World Cup alongside brothers Ashton and Tariq. He was included in Fiji’s extended squad ahead of the 2021 tournament, and received a ban in what looked to be his final game in his career.
However, he could return against Italy in Group B, having served his suspension.
Korbin Sims brought in to replace injuries
Fiji were hit with several injuries to their 24-man squad following their warm-up clash against England at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Coach Wise Kativerata confirmed to Love Rugby League that he was looking for instant replacements for at least three injured players.
Manly’s Pio Seci and Redcliffe’s Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu picked up injuries and have returned Down Under.
St George Illawarra winger Mikaele Ravalawa has also failed to overcome a hamstring injury and will not play a part in this year’s World Cup.
19-man squad v Italy: 1. Sunia Turuva, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Korbin Sims, 4. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Mitili Vulikijapani, 6. Sitiveni Moceidreke, 7. Brandon Wakeham, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. Ben Nakubuwai, 11. Taniela Sadrugu, 12. Viliame Kikau, 13. Tui Kamikamica, 14. Penioni Tagituimua, 16. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave, 17. King Vuniyayawa, 18. Netane Masima, 19. Semi Valemei, 22. Siua Wong, 24. Vuate Karawalevu.