Veterans return for Pacific Games

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Afa Rusivakula, with ball, of Fiji Pearls gets rerady to pass to sister Maliana against Cook Islands during their Vodafone Netball World Cup Oceania Qualifier match at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fiji Pearls veterans Afa Rusivakula, Alesi Waqa and Alisi Naqiri have forced their way back into the national side as they have been named in the 12-member team for the Pacific Games.

The three with Reama Verekauta, Alisi Neisulu and Josephine Nailumu joined the other eight players that represented Fiji at the Netball World Cup in South Africa in July.

Head coach Unaisi Rokoura has retained Jimaima Kete, Unaisi Rauluni, Vakaoca Bolakoro, Naviniya Sivo, Ro Kalesi Tawake, Anaseini Nauqe and Maliana Rusivakula.

The team is set to depart for the Solomon Islands on Saturday, November 25, and their first game is scheduled for Monday, November 27.

Fiji Pearls 12-member squad: Alisi Naqiri, Afa Rusivakula, Anaseini Nauqe, Alesi Waqa Paul, Jimaima Kete, Kalesi Tawake, Kelera Nawai, Maliana Rusivakula, Unaisi Rauluni, Vakaoca Bolakoro, Naviniya Sivo, Reama Verekauta.

Reserves: Alisi Neisulu, Keleti Tikotani, Josephine Nailumu.