18 Aug 2011

Fiji rugby trying to get World Cup exemption for army officer

2:36 pm on 18 August 2011

The Fiji rugby coach says diplomatic attempts are being made to include army officer Leone Nakarawa in its World Cup squad to compete in New Zealand next month.

New Zealand bans members of the Fiji military and their families from entering the country under sanctions imposed against Fiji's military regime.

But individuals connected to the regime can apply for an exemption.

Nakarawa wasn't selected for last month's test against the All Blacks in Dunedin.

But coach, Samu Domoni, says with a high injury toll in the team, the lock is in line to be included in the squad to be named on Monday.

Domoni says Fiji rugby is awaiting a decision on a possible exemption for Nakarawa.

"We're just waiting on paperwork and the rationale behind the stance that has been made. And we can only tick the right boxes and answer what is required for the immigration department. But we are keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully things will pan out for the better."

Fiji's rugby coach, Samu Domoni