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Super Rugby “Chance” Still Open To Fiji Local Rugby Players

“We had request from the Fiji Drua to have the Skipper Cup competition running parallel with Super Rugby in case they need players to join them when it comes to injuries,” O’Connor said.
22 Nov 2021 11:30
Super Rugby “Chance” Still Open To Fiji Local Rugby Players
The 2022 Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Super Rugby Jersey.

Local-based players could still be considered for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad when the Super Rugby Pacific competition gets underway on February 19, 2022.

This was after Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor explained why next year’s Skipper Cup competition will start on March 19.

“We had request from the Fiji Drua to have the Skipper Cup competition running parallel with Super Rugby in case they need players to join them when it comes to injuries,” O’Connor said.

 

He indicated that the women’s competition would be run differently from the men’s.

“The women’s matches will be played on Fridays while the men’s are on Saturdays.

“The men’s competitions are still the same, Skipper Cup and Vodafone Vanua Challenge.

 

“For the women, it will be known as the Marama competition (similar to Skipper Cup) and the Ranadi competition (Vodafone Vanua),” O’Connor added.

From the AGM, he confirmed, that their members questioned whether players who have been selected for the Drua are eligible to play for the Flying Fijians.

“We’ve informed them that most of the players selectors have gone through our pathway here. They are all eligible to represent Fiji.”

O’Connor said one of the examples is Counties Manukau hooker Zuriel Togiatama, who is selected for the Drua and has now played a Test for the Flying Fijians during their Europe tour.

 

Finances
O’Connor said council members have expressed their gratitude to the staff at Rugby House who had to undergo a massive pay cut due to the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had to strategise to survive,” he said.

“The staff had a 40 percent pay cut as this was the only way to keep FRU above water.”

O’Connor said at the end of their 2020 financial year they managed a surplus of $282, 000 compared to $88,000 in 2019.

Also, FRU revenue reduced from $24million in 2019 to $13m in 2020

 

Changes
He also confirmed the appointment of Trevor Nainoca and former Fiji Revenue and Customs Service executive Muni Ratna as the new board of directors.

They replace Bobby Naimawi and Dr. Berlin Kafoa whose terms have expired.

 

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