Josateki Revueta named in Fiji Bati squad
SAWTELL Rugby League Club is celebrating the selection of centre Josateki Revueta in the 28-member Fiji Bati squad to participate in the 2008 World Cup.
Revueta and fellow countryman Eroni Dolodai joined the club earlier this season and became major drawcards thanks to their prolific try-scoring ability and rugged defence.
Panthers secretary Lyn Wilton said everybody in the club felt very proud to have another international player in the ranks.
“We were hopeful Roni might also get the call up and it's a pity he's missed out,” she said.
“But everyone is very happy for Josi and we'll be watching Fiji's progress through the tournament.”
The Bati will be captained by Newcastle Knight Wes Naiqama, a frequent visitor to the local Group 2 area over the last 18 months on numerous junior coaching assignments.
Coach Jo Rabele, who brought Fiji national teams to the Orara Valley Sevens in 2006-7, commenced a military-style preparation by moving his players into the Fijian Military Forces training base at Nasinu on Monday for a rigorous three-week camp.
“This place will instil discipline among players, they have exercise programs that we will use apart from our normal build-up to enhance team bonding,” he announced.
Fiji will make their first World Cup appearance against France at WIN Stadium, Wollongong, on November 1.
However, Revueta won't be the only local connection when the major celebration of Australia's rugby league Centenary begins next month.
Local coach Scott Mieni will guide New South Wales Indigenous Under 16s against Queensland on November 9 in the curtain-raiser match before Australia play New Guinea at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville.
Also, locally-based ARL project officer Cindy Currie will be heavily involved in the promotion of women's rugby league during the tournament.