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Tuqiri: Drua Can

Tuqiri: Drua Can
Rugby great Lote Tuqiri with wife Rebekka and their children at Nadi International Airport on August 28, 2018. Tuqiri plays for the Classic Wallabies on Saturday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 29
11:00 2018

Double international Lote Tuqiri believes that the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua have got what it takes to become the first non-Australian team to win the National Rugby Champion­ship.

However, the former Wallabies star winger did not mince his words when he warned the Seniru­si Seruvakula coached-side that they cannot rest on their laurels after an impressive start in 2017.

The Fijian Drua finished fourth last year. They open this year’s championship against Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nau­sori, on Saturday.

“Definitely they have the expe­rience from last year as far they went,” he said.

“They know what to improve to go further.

“I reckon there are in a big shot to win but in saying that they can­not afford to rest on what they did last year.

“This year is a different competi­tion altogether and they have to go out there and play their hearts out in representing Fiji again.

“It’s starting at home and if we get the combinations right then it is a bonus.

“You don’t have to travel and be away from home. It is good for them especially when team travels because they change from what they normally do.”

Tuqiri said the high level of com­petition in a way helps Fiji Rugby to improve.

“The Drua is more backed by the locals and that will be really nice to improve their standard which has been up and down.”

Tuqiri added that there would be agents present to lure players for various contracts but hard work should be employed first.


“From personal perspective keep playing well and you will get your chance but it always come well with good preparations.

“There are lots of agents that come to Fiji now and it is great if they are showing and doing their hard work.

“They cannot help you to do much but to let you go and play.”


Tuqiri for the second year, is part of the Classic Wallabies line-up that includes Samu Kerevi, Radike Samo and also features recently retired Australian greats Stephen Moore, Rob Horne and Rebels prop Laurie Weeks.

“Hopefully we do better than last year.

“The boys did well but there were a lot of casts like Serevi (Waisale) and especially guys like William Ryder.

“Hoepfully, this time they will a good test for us but hopefully not embarrassing as the last time.

“We are here to have a lot of fun and show the support of rugby be­tween Australia and Fiji.”

The tickets for Saturday’s NRC game is $10 and free admission for children Under-12. Tickets are sold at the Nausori Town Council and the Fiji Rugby Union office.

Dual International Lote Tuqiri with his family at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Dual International Lote Tuqiri with his family at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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