22nd September 03:01 PM
Valetini to bring extra fire against Fiji Drua clash
By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 29/09/2017
Canberra Vikings flanker Rob Valetini

Canberra Vikings flanker Rob Valetini always knows when his mum is on the sidelines when the booming voice calling his name is unmistakable.

The Melbourne‑born son of Fijian parents confirmed his family and friends are making the trip north when the Vikings host NRC table‑toppers the Fiji Airways Drua at Viking Park tonight.

Valetini wants to lead the Vikings back to winning ways after two narrow losses, while young gun five‑eighth Mack Hansen will make his NRC debut off the bench.

19‑year‑old Valetini admits he wanted to play against Fiji this season and said there will be extra fire in the belly against his country of heritage.

Valetini arrived at the ACT Brumbies 10 months ago as just the second Australian forward to sign a Super Rugby contract while still in high school.

Meanwhile, a total of eleven Brumbies players will be starting for the Vikings including captain Tom Cusack.

The Vikings will host the Drua at 9.30 tonight.

Canberra Vikings:

1. Faalelei Sione (Brumbies) 2. Folau Faingaa (Brumbies) 3. Joel Penders 4. Darcy Swain 5. Blake Enever(Brumbies) 6. Rob Valetini(Brumbies) 7. Tom Cusack (Brumbies)(c) 8. Lolo Fakao'silea (Brumbies) 9. Ryan Lonergan (Brumbies) 10. Wharenui Hawera (Brumbies) 11. Ben Johnston 12. James Dargaville (Brumbies) 13. Andrew Robinson 14. Andrew Muirhead (Brumbies) 15. Tom Banks (Brumbies)

16. Robbie Abel 17. Harry Lloyd 18. Les Leuluailii‑Makin 19. Angus Allen 20. Dean Oakman‑Hunt 21. Pedro Rolando 22. Mack Hansen 23. Len Ikitau

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