Seci-Sational Jet joins fiji
HE EARNED the nickname 'Three-O' for his hat-trick heroics against Redcliffe Dolphins earlier this year.
Now the Fiji Bati will be hoping Ipswich Jet Pio Seci can again find the line when he comes off the bench against Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Saturday's Pacific Nations Test at Campbelltown.
In his first season with the Jets, Seci has been named in a Fijian side stacked with household names.
Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta), Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers), Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne Storm) and Akuila Uate (Manly) make up a formidable Fiji backline.
One Seci would normally be a part of. However Fiji plan on utilising his big frame as a second rower.
Regardless where he lines up, Seci will find himself opposite a familiar face.
Jets winger Richie Pandia is named to start for PNG, alongside former Jets teammate Rod Griffin and 2012 Ipswich Jet and current Burleigh Bears player, Luke Page.
Surprisingly, there was no room for Pandia's elder brother Sebastian, who has lit up the Intrust Super Cup in 2018 for the Jets.
Jets CEO Jason Cubit said the club was proud Seci and Pandia have the opportunity to represent themselves, their country and the Jets in Sydney on Saturday.
"We're really excited for both players to be involved in this fixture, and it's exciting that they're coming up against each other,” Cubit said.
"Hopefully to be around that calibre of player - both squads are basically NRL squads - they can come back to us at this middle part of the season and share something they took out of their camps.”
Pandia was nearly made unavailable for the Test match due to a looming suspension.
"Richie, we had to get him off a charge at the judiciary,” Cubit said.
"Against Wynnum he had a grade two lifting charge that we got downgraded to a grade one.
"We were really happy to be able to do that, and make sure Richie was available.”