Fiji pair pick club over country
Fiji wing Noa Nakaitaci and full-back Vereimi Vakatawa have made themselves unavailable for their country's end-of-year rugby tour to Europe, citing commitments to their French clubs.
Coach Inoke Male said he had offered the young players places in the Fiji squad for the tour but they had declined. Nakaitaci plays for Clermont and Vakatawa for Racing-Metro in the Top 14 competition.
Fiji coaching director Franck Boivert is unhappy with the duo's decision.
"It' disappointing that two of our young players have turned down the offer (to play for Fiji)," he said.
Fiji will play England on November 10, Gloucester on November 13, Ireland A on November 17 and Georgia on November 24.
Under IRB regulations, clubs are not required to release their players until the days leading up to the England match.