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France-based Vodafone Flying Fijians players, Peceli Yato (Clermont) and Levani Botia (La Rochelle) will miss Saturday's Test against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
Head coach John McKee said: "Neither Botia nor Yato will be in contention for selection this week."
He said they would be resting Yato as part of an agreement with Clermont Rugby Club.
“Yato will join the squad next week. I had an agreement with Clermont that he (Yato) will have a break before he joins the squad. For Botia I expect him to join the squad towards the end of the week or early next week.”
Meanwhile, two other France-based, prop Manasa Saulo and winger, Josua Tuisova joined camp Tuesday.
They were on light training in Tuesday's afternoon's training session at Albert Park, Suva.
McKee said they would assess the pair's performance during training and get them cleared by the medical staff before they are given the green light.
“It's good to see Manasa (Saulo) and Josua (Tuisova) join the squad and we will have an assessment of how they go out at training this week.
“They are in contention for selection on the weekend, but we will talk to the medical staff after today (Tuesday) to see how they responded to training. They are certainly in the mix for the weekend,” he said.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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