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Fiji Base Plan

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua is keen on setting up their base in Fiji for next year’s Super Rugby Pacific series.
25 May 2022 16:00
Fiji Base Plan
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne in Nadi on May 24, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua is keen on setting up their base in Fiji for next year’s Super Rugby Pa­cific series.

While the location is yet to be finalised, head coach Mick Byrne yesterday revealed in a zoom interview that plans are in the pipeline.

“What we are able to do is to see our training areas in Suva, Sigatoka or Nadi and work with the Fijian rugby high per­formance unit (HPU),” Byrne said.

“Those decisions will be final­ised in a couple of weeks when chief executive officer (Brian Thorburn) meets with some of our people here.

“At this stage we’ll just say we are looking forward to setting up our base in Fiji. We’re work­ing extremely hard to make that happen in time for us to start our pre-season training.”

The Fijian Drua are now based in Nadi after flying in on Saturday. Byrne said hosting their final Super Rugby Pacific match at home was a fitting end to their debut season.

He is proud of how the side has come, training week in and week out.

“The players are looking forward to showcasing what they have in their last game of the year in front of the home crowd,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to finish the season at home.”

Asked if he was leaving the best for last, Byrne responded: “That sounds like a good plan.”

“There has been skill issue around our set-piece and lin­eout, our scrum has been good.

“Our skills have been interest­ing – for me when we talk about skills versus talent; we’re a very talented team but our for­wards’ ability to run hard with the ball, catch and pass has got to improve and we have been working really hard on that.

“And the other one is the speed of the game. When we started we had a short pre-season in comparison to what was needed. We did not start in great shape; probably one of the biggest things is to improve on the fitness of the players, our ability to keep up with pace and game.

“At the moment, we’re operat­ing at around about 30 per cent of what and where we need to be as far as game pace goes.”


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