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Increasing Interests On Fijiana Drua

The Fijiana Drua could be wearing their newly sponsored kits against the Queensland Reds in Saturday’s Super W clash.
10 Mar 2022 15:55
Increasing Interests On Fijiana Drua
Fijiana Drua’s Vitalina Naikoro powers over to score a try against Rebels in their Super W opener at the Endeavour Hills Rugby Club ground on March 5, 2022. Photo: Fijiana Drua.

The Fijiana Drua could be wearing their newly sponsored kits against the Queensland Reds in Saturday’s Super W clash.

This was revealed yesterday by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor.

He said a number of companies have expressed their interest to sponsor the Fijiana Drua after their massive 66-5 win over the Melbourne Rebels in their Super W opener, last Saturday.

“We have also notified our major sponsors as well and we’ll soon be negotiating with the hope to sign them up by the end of the week,” he said.

“We are fighting against time. So hopefully, our Fijiana Drua could be in their newly sponsored kit by Saturday.”

Fijian Drua chief executive offic­er, Brian Thorburn said, they are excited about Saturday’s double-header clash at the Suncorp Sta­dium in Brisbane.

The Fijiana Drua take on Reds in the Super W match at 6.15pm followed by the men’s clash at 8.45pm.

“After the match for the first time the Drua men’s are inviting the women for a get together,” Thorburn said.

O’Connor said they are look­ing forward to watch the Fijiana Drua deliver another free flowing rugby display against the Reds.

“The way the Fijiana Drua play is closely associated with the coaching style of Senirusi Seru­vakula,” he added.

Campbell siblings

Meanwhile, the sibling history created by Jock and Tina Camp­bell last weekend in Perth was so much more powerful because they celebrated as equals.

The first brother and sister to play Super Rugby and Super W for Queensland on the same night even got the chance to belt a vic­tory song in the same dressing room. Together.

Not so many years ago, the de­marcation between men’s and women’s rugby was almost like they were two different sports.

The women played for their states at cost-cutting carnivals at school or club grounds, kit was sparse, medical and coaching sup­port for teams was lean and there was little contact with the profes­sional Super Rugby sides.

Fast forward to March. 2022. The Queensland men’s and women’s sides shared a charter flight to Perth and won back-to-back over the Western Force at Perth’s HBF Park.

“There’s a great culture on the women’s and men’s teams and we didn’t let a challenging week with flight delays or (flood) issues back home affect us,” Tina told rugby. com.au

“The men are welcoming and supportive. We did do a little war cry together after their game.

Both Campbells will be back at it on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

Lock Tina will play the early game against Fijiana and winger Jock is ready for a tough clash against the flair of the Fijian Drua.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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