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Editorial: Onus On Our Drua To Make It In OZ

Editorial: Onus On Our Drua To Make It In OZ
Fijian Drua Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
August 20
11:18 2017

The name is proper and fitting and it could not have been better.

The Fijian Drua perfectly fits and relates to our traditional, navigational skills and more importantly depicts the brand and style of rugby that we play.

Our Vodafone Flying Fijians,  Telecom Fijian Warriors and Fijiana are now a brand name and a marketable commodity with many players securing contracts and making a good life for themselves and their families abroad.

Now it’s the turn for Fijian Drua to make it work and sell the brand when they take part in the National Rugby Championship in Australia next month.

The inclusion of the Fijian Drua is already creating excitement Down Under.

The Australian Rugby Union actually prefers a new name to the Fijian Warriors as earlier speculated.

And the unveiling Fijian Drua, named after the historic double canoe used is a perfect match to fit.

In launching the logo and the kit, Fiji Rugby Union chairperson Commander Francis Kean said: “The name Drua encapsulates the history and success of one of Fiji’s sacred, traditional and historic war ships that inspired both fear and awe and was a true masterpiece.

“We owe it to our forefathers, our culture and our traditions to honour them for the masterpiece canoe that was renowned throughout the Pacific.

“It was a triumphant vessel and we pay homage to what was widely regarded as the greatest battleship of the Pacific by calling our team the Fijian Drua.”

This is the first time that a Fijian team has been involved in such a competition overseas. But it is not the first time that a Fijian team has been invited to take part in Australia.

In the 1950s, Australia Rugby sought the help of Fijians to help revive the sport due to the sudden popularity of rugby league. The Fijians made a mark playing a special brand of rugby never seen before in Sydney.

They were not only loved by Sydneysiders but also helped in the resurrection of Australia Rugby.

After failing to win the Bledisloe Cup since 2002 and only managing one team to reach the Super Rugby quarterfinals, Australians are on a mission to rebuild and revamp their rugby structure.

The Fijian Drua can help in providing stiff competition for the Australian teams and make a mark for themselves.

The 2017 NRC competition kicks off next month with the Fijian Drua’s season opener away to Brisbane City at Ballymore on September 2.

Fiji’s first home matches are in rounds three and four against New South Wales Country Eagles at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka and Perth Spirit at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fans need to support the Fijian Drua team when they play at home with ticket prices very affordable at $10 and $5.

Fijian Drua reps should not let down their local fans who have placed their faith in them.

The fans, for a long time, have been calling on the FRU to give exposure to locally-based players instead of always going for overseas-based players.

That moment has arrived and the onus is on the Fijian Drua team to impress and people here to support them.


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