Akapusi Qera, Apo Satala and new signing Seru Rabeni have all been selected in the Fiji squad for the 2009 ANZ Pacific Nations Cup.
Their involvement brings the number of Gloucester players participating in the tournament up to four with Eliota Fuimanono-Sapolu representing Samoa.
The ANZ Pacific Nations Cup is an international round robin competition comprising the test teams of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Japan as well as the Junior All Blacks - who in 2008 were replaced by the New Zealand Maori. Australia A who participated in 2007 and 2008 have withdrawn from the competition.
Like the Pacific Rugby Cup, the ANZ Pacific Nations Cup is a key component of the IRB's £48m million Strategic Investment initiative and is designed to provide the Pacific Island Nations and Japan with regular high level competition, whilst offering the next generation All Blacks a stage on which they can stake their claim for Test honours.
The tournament structure for 2009 ANZ Pacific Nations Cup has been condensed with the five rounds being played over three weeks. The first round will be played in Samoa and Tonga, with the remainder of the Tournament being played in Fiji.
Graham Dewes, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Viliame Seuseu, Sikeli Gavidi, Sunia Koto, Viliame Veikoso, Kalaveti Tawake, Netani Talei, Sakiusa Matadigo, Semisi Naevo, Akapusi Qera, Sisa Koyamaibole, Apolosi Satala, Volau Bola, James Brown, Setefano Somoca, Jone Railomo, Saula Qalomai, Sean Morrell, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Kele Leawere, Langi Peters, Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu, Josefa Domolailai, Ralulu Robanakadavu, Aca Ratuva, Anthony Wise, Vereniki Sauturaga, Christopher Maka.
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