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Duo For Drua

Duo For Drua
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad members (left-right) Eroni Sau, Leone Nakarawa, Jasa Veremalua and Amenoni Nasilasila train in Salt Lake City in Utah on July 5, 2018. Photo: FRU
July 08
12:22 2018

Paula Dranisinukula and Mesulame Kunavula will join the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua squad after the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on July 20-22.

Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula said the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps have agreed to switch to 15s and keen to play when the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC) kicks off on September 1.

Seruvakula has already begun the selection process for potential players.

“There will be a lot of changes as a lot that have played last year have secured contracts overseas so their will be a lot of new faces,”he said.

“Kunavula and Draunisinukula are confirmed from the sevens squad.

“Eroni Sau who made a name for himself during our debut last year has secured a two-year deal with France club Perpignan.

“Elusive Peceli Nacebe is also in France and it is our job as coaches to identify talents and make them better rugby players as it will benefit their families in the long run.

“I will select players from the Skipper Cup Premiership, HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge Series and the Vodafone Vanua Championship. I’m opening the door for all.

“The main thing that I will be looking at is the confidence of the players and their character to play at this level.”

Seruvakula is happy with the draw as the Drua will play their first two matches against Melbourne Rising and Brisbane City at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori and Churchill Park, Lautoka respectively.

“Having the two home games will be a big advantage for us and we should start with a bang,” Seruvakula said.

2018 NRC Fixtures For Fiji Airways Fijian Drua

Round one

September 1

Fiji Drua v Melbourne Rising, Nausori, Ratu Cakobau Park, 3pm,

Round two

September 8

Fiji Drua v Brisbane City, Lautoka, Churchill Park,

Round three

September 15

Queensland Country v Fiji Drua, Mackay, BB Print Stadium, 1pm.

Round four

September 23

Sydney v Fiji Drua, Sydney, Concord Oval, 3.00pm,

Round five

September 29

Fiji Drua v NSW Country Eagles, Nausori, Ratu Cakobau Park, 3.00pm,

Round six

October 6

Fiji Drua v Canberra Vikings, Lautoka, Churchill, 3.00pm, streamed

Round seven

October 13

Western Force v Fiji Drua, Perth, UWA Sports Park, 200pm

Semifinals

October 20

1st v 4th

October 21

2nd v 3rd

The final will be played on Saturday Octo¬ber 27.

Edited by Osea Bola

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