ALESI WAQA, UNAISI RAULINI UP­SET COACH VICKI WIL­SON

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Fi­jian Pearls head coach Vicki Wil­son is dis­ap­pointed with two se­nior play­ers who did not turn up for any of the team’s strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sions.

The team are pre­par­ing for their matches against the Euro­pean na­tions Wales, Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land on Oc­to­ber 5-8 in Cardiff, Wales. Wil­son de­scribed the non at­ten­dance as bizarre. “It is dis­ap­point­ing to see two of my se­nior play­ers Alesi Waqa and Unaisi Rauluni fail­ing to show up dur­ing our strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sions. “They did not call or in­form any of the team man­age­ment, this is bizarre,” Wil­son said.

“I did not ex­pect this from two se­nior play­ers who have been very con­sis­tent in the pre­vi­ous prepa­ra­tion.”

Wil­son said at this stage she ex­pects all play­ers to be con­sis­tent in their prepa­ra­tion.

“The squad is pre­par­ing well and we ex­pect the team to be con­sis­tent through­out as we pre­pare for these test matches,” she added.

The test matches are a good build up for Fiji ahead of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

It is dis­ap­point­ing to see two of my se­nior play­ers Alesi Waqa and Unaisi Rauluni fail­ing to show up dur­ing our strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sions. They did not call or in­form any of the team man­age­ment, this is bizarre. I did not ex­pect this from two se­nior play­ers who have been very con­sis­tent in the pre­vi­ous prepa­ra­tion. Vicki Wil­son Fi­jian Pearls head coach

Alisi Nawele and New Zealand based Jac­inta Lal will join the Pearls team for the UK tour. “Nawele and Bo­lakoro are sol­diers in the Bri­tish Army and will join us in Wales. Nawele has been part of our squad. I’ve watched Bo­lakoro but she will come in as train­ing part­ner.

“Lal was part of the na­tional squad,” Wil­son said. Edited by Osea Bola

Fi­jian Pearls cap­tain Vaiti Waqatabu (left) and coach Vicki Wil­son dur­ing train­ing on Septem­ber 26, 2017. Photo: Ronald Ku­mar.

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