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Eremasi Radrodro Leads Fijian Drua To The National Rugby Championship

The former Flying Fijians and BLK Nadroga rep is part of the side for the second year running.
22 Aug 2019 14:09
Eremasi Radrodro Leads Fijian Drua To The National Rugby Championship
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua captain Eremasi Radrodro. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Robust No. 8 Eremasi Radrodro will lead the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side as they try to defend the National Rugby Championship starting with Brisbane City Saturday next week.

The former Flying Fijians and BLK Nadroga rep is part of the side for the second year running.

“It is a privilege and honour to be the captain of the Drua team this year. It is going to be hard because we are going to defend the title,” he said.

The Mua, Batiki, Lomaiviti native knows they need to handle the pressure being defending champions.

“We will have to step up and we are going to try our best to defend the trophy.”

He said having a good mix with Under-20 players is a big boost for development.

“We have some boys from last year so we are helping each other. Since we have been playing the Skipper Cup Premiership,  Vodafone Vanua Championship and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenges, I’ve been telling them the old tricks from last year encouraging them to do their homework and work hard.”

Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named halfback Serupepeli Vularika to assist Radrodro in the strong 33-member team.

The side has finally roped in Police and Nadroga head coach Esala Nauga in the coaching panel.

Olympian Samisoni Viriviri has made the cut alongside former 7s rep Ulaiyasi Lawavou and electrifying Peceli Nacebe who returns to the side for the first time since 2017.

Fiji U20 reps Osea Waqa, Caleb Muntz and their skipper Tevita Ikanivere are also in the squad.

The other new faces are Jone Navori, Setareki Raoba, Rusiate Nasove, Joseva Kuricuva, Joseva Nasaroa, Necani Nawaqadau, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Imanuel Naciva, Epeli Radaniva, Jone Koroi, Nacanieli Narekuva, and Maikeli Sivo.

The side will play a warm-up match against the RFMF XV side at Prince Charles Park, Nadi tomorrow at 11 am.

The RFMF XV side will compete at the 2019 International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC) in Japan ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup next month.

FIJIAN DRUA NRC FIXTURES

Round 1: August 31- Brisbane City v Fiji Drua, GPS Rugby Club, Brisbane

Round 2: September 7- Fiji Drua v Western Force, ANZ Stadium, Suva

Round 3: September 14 NSW Country v Fiji Drua, WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Round 4: September 21: Fiji Drua v Sydney Churchill Park, Lautoka.

Round 5: September 28: Canberra Vikings v Fiji Drua, Viking Park, Canberra

Round 6: October 5 Melbourne Rising v Fiji Drua, Casey Fields, Melbourne.

Round 7: Fiji Drua v Queensland Country Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

Semi-Final 1: 19 October – 1st v 4th; Sunday 20,

Semi-Final 2: October – 2nd v 3rd*;

Final: October 26

Edited by Osea Bola

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