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Right Mix: Seruvakula

Right Mix: Seruvakula
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players go through their training drill at the University of South Pacific ground in Suva on August 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 11
11:31 2018

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua head coach, Senirusi Seruvkula has selected the best set of players for the 2018 Australian Na­tional Rugby Championship.

Seruvakula said with only two weeks remaining before kickoff on September 1, it will be tough select­ing the squad out of the 33 players named in the extended squad.

“We have the right talent and mix of players,”he said.

“It is going to tough to select the first XV and the reserves. We have a lot of experienced players who have been through the mill, done it so it’s not a new environment for them.

“In fact 11 out of the 33 players have played for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians,”Seruvakula said.

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

DYER TALENTED

Seruvakula says, John Dyer will be one of the players who will con­test for the No.8 jersey this year.

Dyer returned from New Zealand after a short stint with the South Canterbury rugby team.

He played for Malolo in the 2018 Skipper Cup Premiership and Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors in 2016.

“It is going to be tough having the players like Peni Raidre, Eremasi Radrodro contesting for the num­ber eight position,” Seruvakula said.

“Dyer is full of talent and he will bring a lot of competition in the No.8 and No. 6 positions.

“Albert Tuisue who is also a No.8 will be playing as a lock forward this year.”

Seruvakula said the full squad would meet next Tuesday in Nadi.

Fixtures For Fiji Airways 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.

Round Four: September 23 Sydney v Fiji Drua, Sydney, Concord Oval,

Round Five: September 29 Fiji Drua v NSW Country Eagles, Nau­sori, Ratu Cakobau Park,

Round Six: October 6 Fiji Drua v Canberra Vikings, Lautoka, Churchill.

Round Seven: October 13 West­ern Force v Fiji Drua, Perth, UWA Sports Park

Semifinals: October 20 1st v 4th, October 21: 2nd v 3rd

Final: October 27.

Edited by Osea Bola

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