Rugby World Cup 2011

Soldier granted visa

Soldier granted visa

A SOLDIER in the Fijian military has been granted a temporary visa to allow him to play at the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully says a temporary visa has been granted to lock Leone Nakarawa.

It is believed the latter has resigned and been discharged from the military as he has secured an overseas contract.

Fiji coach Sam Domoni told Radio New Zealand International that the union had asked Wellington for an exemption to the sanctions.

“We're just waiting on paperwork and the rationale behind the stance that has been made,” he said.

“We can only tick the right boxes and answer what is required for the (New Zealand) immigration department.

“But we are keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully things will pan out for the better."

New Zealand imposed sanctions on Fijian military members and those who have ties with the regime following the 2006 military-led coup.

Scarlets prop Deacon Manu will lead the Fiji squad, which includes 21 overseas-based players.

Fiji will play Namibia, Samoa, South Africa and Wales in Pool D.

Fiji squad:
Forwards: Campese Ma'afu, Deacon Manu (c), Setefano Somoca, Waisea Daveta, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Sunia Koto, Seko Kalou, Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu , Rupeni Nasiga, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Sisa Koyamaibole, Akapusi Qera, Netani Talei, Masi Matadigo, Malakai Ravulo
Backs: Nemia Ranuku, Vitori Buatava, Waisea Luveniyali, Seremaia Bai , Nicky Little, Albert Vulivuli, Gabirieli Lovobalavu, Ravai Fatiaki, Vereniki Goneva, Napolioni Nalaga, Michael Tagicakibau, Kini Murimurivalu, Iliesa Keresoni

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