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Edge In Depth

Senirusi Seruvakula is happy with the depth in the Fiji Airways Drua extended squad. After their first training run, the Fiji Airways Drua coach said with the quality of the
16 Aug 2018 10:00
Edge In Depth
Fiji Airways Drua prop Mateo Qolisese delivers the ball during training in Nadi on August 15,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Senirusi Seruvakula is happy with the depth in the Fiji Airways Drua extended squad.

After their first training run, the Fiji Airways Drua coach said with the quality of the players in the team, there will be a lot of competition in the backline.

Seruvakula added the training season at International Secondary School ground yesterday was about clarity on their first match when the 2018 National Rugby Championship kicks off next month.

The Drua play the Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on September 1.

“We marched into camp on Tuesday and we have the full 33-member squad,” Seruvakula said.

“The inclusion of the 11 Fiji Airways Flying Fijians has brought a lot of depth in the team, and has boosted the confidence of the young players.

“This year I got three quality backline players in Serupepeli Vularika, Peni Matawalu and Frank Lomani,”Seruvakula said.

“And with the addition of Jone Manu, Alifereti Veitokani, there will be a lot of competition in the backline.”

Seruvakula added the NRC will be a pathway for these local players toward the Rugby World Cup.

“These local players will showcase their talents not for the NRC but also the November tests.  That is one of the best things about coaching these quality players.”

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said Seruvakula has selected a good mix of players.

“The NRC will have stronger competition this year and they will need to work on their set plays and have a clear understanding of the game plan,” McKee said.

“From last year they gave away too many penalties and need to maintain discipline.

“This is the time to develop these players for the November tour and for the young player’s preparation toward the 2023 Rugby World Cup.”

2018 NRC Fixtures For Fiji Airways Fijian Drua;

Round one: September 1 Fiji Drua v Melbourne Rising, Nausori, Ratu Cakobau Park, 3pm;

Round two: September 8 Fiji Drua v Brisbane City, Churchill Park, Lautoka.

Round three: September 15Queensland Country v Fiji Drua, Mackay, BB Print Stadium, 1pm.

Round four: September 23 Sydney v Fiji Drua, Sydney, Concord Oval, 3.00pm.

Round five: September 29 Fiji Drua v NSW Country Eagles, Nausori, Ratu Cakobau Park, 3.00pm.

Round six: October 6 Fiji Drua v Canberra Vikings, Lautoka, Churchill, 3.00pm.

Round seven: October 13 Western Force v Fiji Drua, Perth, UWA Sports Park, 200pm

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

The final will be played on Saturday October 27.-

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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