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Drua Tickets Go On Sale From Monday

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua game against the Highlanders at Suva’s ANZ Stadium is the only Super Rugby Pacific home game for 2022. Tickets for the Saturday, April 30 game go on sale from Monday.
20 Mar 2022 10:48
Drua Tickets Go On Sale From Monday
Post Fiji chief executive officer Anirudha Bansod (left) and Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn signing ticket sales agreement at the Post Fiji boardroom in Suva on March 18, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo.

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua game against the Highlanders at Suva’s ANZ Stadium is the only Super Rugby Pacific home game for 2022.

Tickets for the Saturday, April 30 game go on sale from Monday.

Tickets will be available at Fiji Sports Council offices and at the 58 Post Fiji outlets Fiji-wide.

Fans purchasing tickets from Post Fiji outlets will get a receipt, which they then exchange for match tickets at the Fiji Sports Council offices from Monday, March 21, right to the match day.

Fijian Drua chief executive officer, Brian Thorburn yesterday signed the ticket sales agreement at the Post Fiji boardroom.

“This home game will boost the economy as soon as they go on sale from Monday,” Thorburn said.

“We are anticipating a sellout,” he said.

Tickets are sold in four categories – platinum, gold, silver and bronze.

“As of today there is an 80 per cent regulation in place for spectators, but we are hopeful if not confident that it will be relaxed by the time we host the Highlanders. This entirely a matter for the Ministry of Health.

“If the games are still at 80 per cent then we will sell 80 percent, if it goes for 100 percent we will go for 100,” Thorburn added.

Almost half of the tickets are in the bronze category (grass embankment) which cost $30 for adults and $15 for children (Under- 12).

Silver tickets for the concrete embankment cost $75 flat.

The sides of the main grandstand of the ANZ Stadium are in the Gold categories, split into alcohol and non-alcohol zones– they are selling at $150 per ticket.

Platinum tickets are premium viewing position in the centre of the main grandstand costs $180.

With the New Zealand borders opening up, Thorburn said the game would draw a lot of fans and supporters for the Highlanders team as well.

“With the borders relaxing we can see hundreds of New Zealanders coming in. It will be a significant effect on the local economy and will be even more. So next year when we bring home six games.”

No games at Churchill Park

Churchill Park, Lautoka will not host any Drua games this year.

Thorburn said they hope to bring in more games next year to the ANZ Stadium.

“There won’t be any games in Churchill Park this year.

“And the Drua games next year have not even been looked at, we just know the one this year.

“Next year we already know that we will be hosting the Crusaders, Blues, Reds and the Hurricanes. Other home games will be against the combination of Waratahs, Rebels, Force and hopefully Moana Pasifika.”

No replacement for Vularika

There will be no replacement for terminated Drua back Serupepeli Vularika.

He was sent home this week due to disciplinary reasons.

“We have a squad of at least 40 players. We had brought in Frank Lomani, so that makes 41. We will pretty much stick to 40 for the remainder of the season,” Thorburn said.

“We got consistent values and standards that we set and we want to make sure that everybody is following those.

“The value is not worth anything if you do not hold people to account and we will continue to do that.

“And a key part of that is meeting those values so if you don’t address them then it’s not worth having them in the first place.

“If there are issues, we deal with them and we provide appropriate advice and counseling and we request that they don’t continue. So certainly with multiple instances, we go further,” Thorburn added.

Asked if Alivereti Veitokani will be joining the Drua squad, he said: “We hope so, he needs to get some surgery.

“I am not expecting him to be playing this year but we want to get the surgery done so that he is fit for next year.



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