Hayne headlines Fiji Bati squad
Parramatta Eels centre Jarryd Hayne will headline a Fijian squad still brimming with backline firepower despite several injury blows ahead of their Pacific Test Showdown with Papua New Guinea at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday 23 June.
Hayne will feature at five-eighth alongside fellow Blue & Gold teammates Kane Evans and young Salesi Junior Fainga’a.
The side will be captained by Wests Tigers Kevin Naiqama and also features prolific try scorers Suliasi Vunivalu and Akuila Uate.
Fiji Bati will take on PNG Kumuls in the first match of the evening, before Tonga takes on Pacific neighbours Samoa to round out the Pacific double-header.
All four Pacific Test teams will call Western Sydney home for the week, with Campbelltown playing host to a number of community and cultural events, as well as the annual Pacific Test Fan Day and NRL Pacific Youth Program.
3.45pm Gates open
4:00pm Game 1 – KICK OFF – PNG KUMULS v FIJI BATI
7:10pm Game 2 – KICK OFF – TOA SAMOA V MATE MA'A TONGA
Tickets for the Pacific Test Invitational are still available, starting from just $10, with fans encouraged to purchase online via NRL.com/tickets to avoid missing out following last year's sell out event.
1. Kevin Naiqama (c) 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Akuila Uate 4. Tyrone Phillips 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Jarryd Hayne 7. Henry Raiwalui 8. Kane Evans 9. Joe Lovodua 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. King Vuniyayawa 12. Salesi Junior Fainga'a 13. Jayson Bukuya 14. Eloni Vunakece 15. Pio Seci 16. Sitiveni Moceidreke 17. Pio Sokobalavu 18. Mikaele Ravalawa 19. Junior Roqica
Adex Wera (PNG Hunters), Enock Maki (PNG Hunters), Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons), Junior Rau (PNG Hunters), Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm), Kurt Baptiste (Sydney Roosters), Lachlan Lam (Sydney Roosters), Luke Page (Burleigh Bears), James Segeyaro (Cronulla Sharks), Nixon Putt (PNG Hunters), Rhadley Brawa (PNG Hunters), Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs), Richard Pandia (Ipswich Jets), Rod Griffin (Townsville Blackhawks), Stanton Albert (PNG Hunters), Thompson Teteh (PNG Hunters), Watson Boas (PNG Hunters), Willie Minoga (PNG Hunters)