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Ready For NRC Duty

Ready For NRC Duty
From left: Fiji Airways Drua members Veremalua Vugakoto, Mesulame Dolokoto and Mateo Qolisese at Peninsula Hotel in Suva on August 9, 2018.Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 10
10:16 2018

A tough seven weeks awaits the Fiji Airways Drua as the 2018 Australian Nation­al Rugby Championship kicks off on September 1.

And they need to prove their worth if they are to be make the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors or the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

The squad marched into camp at the Peninsula Hotel Suva yester­day gearing up for an even tougher 2018 with non-stop rugby week in, week out before the semifinals and final on October 20 and October 27 respectively.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is happy with the progress by Drua players play­ing in the local competitions.

“Halfback Frank Lomani played well for Naitasiri in the Farebroth­er Trophy challenge,”McKee said.

“Serupepeli Vularika also played well for Namosi and on Tuesday Henry Seniloli signed a one-year deal with English club Doncaster Knights.

“So all our three halfbacks are do­ing well and we have depth in one position.”

On Wednesday, Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu signed with Leicester Tigers in England.

The challenge is on our enterpris­ing Drua props in Eroni Mawi, Jo­eli Veitayaki, Mosese Ducivaki and Luke Tagi to make a show in the NRC to impress Seruvakula and McKee.

NEW CHALLENGE

After making an impressive de­but making the semifinal last year, coach Senirusi Seruvakula knows of the new challenge.

“There is a need for the team to maintain consistency in training and recover in time for the next game,”Seruvakula said.

The team will play their first match against Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori, when the season kicks off on Sat­urday, 1 September.

The eight teams for the 2018 NRC season include the Canberra Vikings, NSW Country Eagles, the Sydney Rays, Brisbane City, Queensland Country, Melbourne Rising, Western Force and the Fiji Airways Drua.

FIJI AIRWAYS DRUA

Forwards – Eroni Mawi, Joeli Vei­tayaki, Mateo Qolisese, Ratunaisa Navuma, Mesulame Dolokoto, Vugakoto Veremalua, Mosese Ducivaki, Luke Tagi, Alivereti Rabukawaqa, Tevita Naqali, Peni Naulago, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Johnny Dyer Jone Navori, Filimoni Seru, Eremasi Radrodro, Peni Raidre.

Backs- Serupepeli Vularika, Frank Lomani, Peni Matawalu, Alivereti Veitokani, Jone Manu, Cyril Reece, Jona Sawailau, Poa­sa Waqanibau, Apisalome Vota, Asesela Atunaisa, Avete Daveta, Levani Kurumudu, Aporosa Tabul­awaki, Apisalome Waqatabu, Enele Malele.

Shadow Players – Atunaisa Maio­no, Seru Cakobau, Penijamini Makutu, Samuela Saqiwa, Sailosi Dawai, Elia Canakaivata, Aisea Natoga, Veramu Dikidikilati, Peni Vukayawa, Apenisa Deve, Joseva Turuva, Asesela Ratudamu.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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