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Bonus Pay For Drua

  Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players are going to receive cash bonuses  if they win the Australian National Rugby Championship title for the first time. Fiji National Sports Commission chairman
19 Oct 2018 10:00
Bonus Pay For Drua
Fiji Airways Drua captain Mosese Voka. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players are going to receive cash bonuses  if they win the Australian National Rugby Championship title for the first time.

Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey clarified that it is the current Government’s policy to reward players for their achievements.

“The current Government always rewards our athletes for their achievements,” Mazey said.

Drua joined the NRC competition last year and will play its first home semi-final against   Canberra Vikings at Churchill Park, Lautoka tomorrow.

After reaching the semi-final, the Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side lost one game and top the NRC final standing with 27 points, Queensland Country (24) Western Force (23) and Canberra Vikings (22).

“We don’t know yet but it is the policy of the current Government to reward players.

“The Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games so we just wait and see on this one,” Mazey said.

  • Government provided land and built a house for Iliesa Delana for winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London;
  • The Fijian 7s team received bonuses for  winning the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games;
  • Eileen Cikamatana (weightlifting- gold), Apolonia Vavai (weightlifting– bronze) and Winston Hill (boxing- silver) also received bonuses for their achievements at the Commonwealth Games.

If the Drua sail through in the semis, then it will be a home final next Saturday.

It has been a massive year already for the  Drua with Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee including eight players for the Europe tour next month.

The players are Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Veremalua Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani, Alivereti Veitokani and Albert Tuisue.

In 2016, the local players who were included in the Europe Tour were well off the pace

But after competing in the NRC last year, the Drua matched up to the high intensity of test level rugby

This is the trickle-down effect of competing in strong competitions like the NRC.

McKee said the Drua needs the support of all Fijians tomorrow.

“Churchill Park is the place to be on Saturday, Be there for our Drua,”McKee said.

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