Naiyaravoro to miss out on Rugby World Cup

The Waratahs Fijian winger Taqele Naiyaravoro will miss the Rugby World Cup in England next month
after Fiji coach John McKee ruled out giving him a last-minute call-up.

The powerful winger missed out on being called up for Australia but could have
been called up for Fiji.

McKee said he would consider selecting Fiji-born Naiyaravoro down the track
but would not disrupt planning for next month’s event in England to accommodate
him.

“Taqele is certainly back on my radar for the future,” McKee told.

“Just because Taqele was effectively not available for us in this World
Cup, doesn’t mean we won’t select him for the future… (but) I’m
very happy with the wings we’ve named.”

At 1.94 metres (6ft 4in) tall and weighing 123 kilogrammes (19st 5lb), Naiyaravoro’s
combination of speed and power has been compared to Jonah Lomu.

The 23 year-old was included in the Wallabies extended World Cup squad after
strong Super Rugby form for the Waratahs.

But he failed to make Australia’s 31-man squad named last week after confirming
he was taking up a contract with Celtic League champions Glasgow Warriors.

If neither Australia or Fiji call up Naiyaravoro he could become eligible to play for Scotland if he stays with Glasgow for long enough.

Ninth-ranked Fiji are in the so-called pool of death at the World Cup, with
England, Australia and Wales.

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