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Former national 7s reps from left; Lemeki Duidomo and Nasoni Roiko at the Fiji Rugby Union house on August 22,2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi
August 23
11:00 2018

Former national reps winger Nasoni Roko and prop Leme­ki Duidomo calls on rugby fans to support the Fiji Airways Drua in the 2018 Australia Na­tional Rugby Championships.

The Fiji Airways Drua side will take on Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori next Sat­urday.

Navatuvula, Naitasiri native Dui­domo believes the Drua will per­form well if they get the support from the public.

“It should be an exciting and challenging match for our Drua,”Duidomo said.

“I’m calling on the people of Naitasiri, Rewa and Tailevu to lead the charge and support our team.

“This is the first time for the NRC to be played at Ratu Cakobau Park so people living in the area should make use of the opportunity take it seriously and cheer for our boys,” Duidomo said.

Serea, Naitasiri native Roko said fans should make use of the oppor­tunity by watching players play­ing in Super Rugby and Emerging Wallabies.

“This is a rare occasion to see our Drua up against players who feature in Super Rugby,”Roko said.

The two players will be part of the Fiji Legends team that will take on Classic Wallabies in the curtain-raiser at 2pm before the Drua and Melbourne Rising match at 3pm.

Duidomo believes living a healthy lifestyle is what keeps him going at the age of 42.

“We just have to keep ourselves fit, eat the right food and be re­sponsible of our own selves.”

Fiji Rugby Union chief execu­tive John O’Connor explained why they chose Ratu Cakobau Park.

“The two teams that uses Ratu Ca­kobau Park as their home ground are Naitasiri and Tailevu. And they are the respective champions of the HFC Bank Farebrother Tro­phy and HFC Bank Bainimarama Shield,” O’Connor said.

7s message

Roko reminded the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to focus on the new 2018/2019 World Sevens Series which starts in Dubai in Novem­ber.

“Forget about the 2017/2018 se­ries, Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens,”Roko said.

“The players will need to regroup and focus on the future, improve and move on.

“All Fijians will also need to un­derstand the struggles and chal­lenges the players go through.”

Duidomo echoed the same sen­timents and said “Members of the public quickly point fingers at players when they lose and as a former players it also hurts us when Fijians do that.

“Players are being selected and train to achieve their target, the sweat and sacrifices we go through, no one understands but players ourselves.

“I have faith my younger broth­ers will do well.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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