10 Drua Players To Be Named Soon

The remaining 10 players yet to be named for the Fijian Drua outfit need to be dynamic to complement the 27 who have penciled their names for the 2022 Pacific
14 Oct 2021 14:58
10 Drua Players To Be Named Soon
Former Fijian Drua first-five eight Alivereti Veitokani.

The remaining 10 players yet to be named for the Fijian Drua outfit need to be dynamic to complement the 27 who have penciled their names for the 2022 Pacific Super Rugby.

High Performance Unit (HPU) manager Simon Raiwalui during the naming of the first set of players said that players must perform.

“The Drua have to be consistent and be competitive to make the sponsors happy. And have to make sure that our fans fill up the stadium,” Raiwalui said.

He said the Drua squad would be a mixture of local players and overseas-based players.

“If you are Fijian, you have the right to be part of the Fijian Drua team.”

The local based players fly out on November 15; after two weeks quarantine they start their preparations on November 1.

Pacific Super Rugby kicks off on February 18, with the final to be played on June 18, 2022.

Raiwalui said as a result when they made the attempt to look at players off shore, the first thing they had to do was look at the quality of the players if they were good enough.

“Not only are they going to have to be successful in the squad but also what they bring into the team in terms of leadership and experience,” he said.

“We have looked at all those criteria within the depth chart. It is going to be a very young team, but it will be sprinkled with some experienced players who will have those leadership qualities.”

The 27 players selected so far are props- Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Jone Koroiduadua, Meli Tuni, Manasa Saulo, Samuela Tawake, hooker – Tevita Ikanivere, locks- Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Leone Rotuisolia, Chris Minimbi, Isoa Nasilasila, flankers – Rusiate Nasove, Raika Momoedonu, Kitione Salawa, Meli Derenalagi and Nemani Nagusa, scrum-halves- Simione Kuruvoli and Peni Matawalu, first-five eight- Napolioni Ratu, centres- Serupepeli Vularika, Kalivati Ravouvou,Kalione Nasoko, Jone Vota, wing- Vinaya Habosi, and fullback Kitione Taliga.

The final ten players are likely to fill in the hookers, first-five eight, backrow, wings and fullback positions.

Local specialist hookers knocking on the door include Lino Vasuinadi (Suva), Maikeli Sivo (Nadi), Ratunaisa Navuma (Nadroga) and Natly Grant (Nadroga).

In the backrow to assist veteran Nagusa can include Sireli Kaloucava (Naitasiri), James Brown (Suva), Eremasi Radrodro (Nadroga) and Epeli Radaniva (Lautoka).

At scrum half to assist Kuruvoli and Matawalu we have Leone Nawai (Suva), Joseva Kuruicuva (Nadroga) and or Viliame Matai (Naitasiri) as contenders.

Assisting Ratu at No 10 can be either Tuidraki Samusamuvodre (Naitasiri), Jone Manu (Suva), Sela Toga (Nadi), Alivereti Veitokani (Namosi), Kini Douglas (Naitasiri) Samu Vaniqi (Tailevu), Peni Kadralevu (Nadroga).

In the centres Ifireimi Tovilevu and Levani Kurumudu are notable mentions.

For wings Panapasa Qeruqeru, Misiele Petero (Suva), Nadi’s pocket rocket Vilikesa Driu, Keponi Paul (Suva) and Tomasi Vula (Naitasiri).

At fullbacks list includes Alivereti Veitokani (Namosi), Enele Malele (Suva) and Apisalome Waqatabu (Nadroga).

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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