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Grateful To Be A Drua: Naulago

Fiji Airways Drua lock forward Peni Naulago is adamant his team will defy all odds against Queensland Country in tomorrow’s Australian National Rugby Championship clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
20 Oct 2017 11:00
Grateful To Be A Drua: Naulago
Fiji Airways Drua Peni Naulago, and Apisai Tauyavu during training in Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Airways Drua lock forward Peni Naulago is adamant his team will defy all odds against Queensland Country in tomorrow’s Australian National Rugby Championship clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The Nakalavo, Nadroga native, a crucial member of the Senirusi Seruvakula coached- side are currently in third spot with 20 points behind Canberra Vikings (25), and Queensland Country (24).

“I’m grateful to be part of the Drua team which comprised of local boys,” he said.

“We need unity and team work. We just want to become a better team with very game we play. Our target is to reach the final.”

With the suspension of Samu Suguturaga and Eroni Vasiteri followed by injuries to lock forwards Apisai Tauyavuna, Timoci Temo, Filimone Seru and Mataiasi Ucutabua, Seruvakula banks on Naulago to lead the pack.

The 30-year-old is an Able Seaman with the Fiji Navy. He made his debut for the Nadroga provincial side in 2009.

“There was a moment when I played on and off.

“Then I re-joined Suva last year and this is my second year playing for the capital side.”

Two key forwards Samuela Saqiwa and Kalivati Tawake are still nursing injuries which they sustained in their previous games.

Seruvakula is expected to name his team today.

Meanwhile, Queensland Country arrives at Nadi International Airport this afternoon.

Fijians Filipo Daugunu, Radike Samo and Chris Kuridrani are expected to be with the team.

Edited by  Osea  Bola

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