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Drua Make NRC Stronger, Says Former Wallaby

Drua Make NRC Stronger, Says Former Wallaby
Touring Classics Wallabies team Lote Tuqiri, Samu Kerevi, Stephen Moore, a rep and Radike Samo at the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island on Thursday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
September 01
11:00 2018

Former Wallabies flanker turned wing Radike Samo believes the Mosese Voka captained- Fiji Air­ways Fijian Drua team have made the National Rugby Championship strong­er.

The Narewa, Nadi native is in the country with the Classic Wallabies who will play the Fiji Legends in the curtain-raiser at 1pm before the Drua host Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakob­au Park, Nausori today.

“The Drua playing in their second year in the NRC is a good thing and it will make the NRC stronger compared to last year,” he said.

“Some of the guys do well and after playing for Drua. I have been talking to my good mate Peter Ryan who is the defensive coach for the Drua.

“We used to play together, he also played for the Broncos and also the Brumbies and he said that the Drua has been training well all season. I have seen how the Drua played in the NRC last year and hope they make the final and hope they do better.”

Samo played 23 tests for the Wallabies before he played club rugby in Austral­ia and France.

He was disappointed with Australia’s two losses to the All Blacks in the re­cent Bledisloe Cup.

“How the Wallabies performed in the last two years, as an ex-player, we are disappointed as the players did not per­form to expectations. Hope the players return to the NRC and regroup.

WALLABIES MUST PLAY HERE

Samo said, “The All Blacks played in Samoa a few years back so I would like to see the Wallabies coming to Fiji and play a test here.

“We have got some good players play­ing around the world that can play for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians. It all comes down to the coaches on how they pick their team and how they train them and perform.”

He is looking forward to the match against the Fijian Legends.

“It’s good to be back home and the boys are looking forward to the game on Saturday. Try to avenge the defeat last year where we lost heavily.”

Samo said they had a good week with rugby clinics in Cuvu College also at­tended by primary school students. They also visited the Sigatoka Hospi­tal.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

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