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Bryne: Drua Reps Want To Show Their Worth

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua rugby team is on a mission when they take on the Chiefs in tomorrow's Super Rugby Pacific clash at Lautoka's Churchill Park.
27 May 2022 16:30
Bryne: Drua Reps Want To Show Their Worth
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua rugby team is on a mission when they take on the Chiefs in tomorrow’s Super Rugby Pacific clash at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

Drua head coach Mick Byrne said they know the Chiefs have a lot to play for because they want a win to cement a home game in the playoffs.

“We’ve got a lot of play for as well,” Byrne said.

“We’re looking forward to show our home fans what it means for the play­ers to play for the Drua.

“It’s a great opportunity to play our last game at home. The home fans have been watching us play the whole year away, we had a chance to come to Suva. Now we have a chance to come to the West to play in Lautoka.

“This gives the West fans an oppor­tunity to come watch their team. No doubt there will be fans coming from Suva and other parts of the country, which is very exciting for us.”

Byrne has recalled winger Vinaya Habosi and fullback Kitione Taliga in the starting line-up. The two players pulled out oflast Friday’s clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch because ofa virus infection.

The wily coach has opted for the centre partnership of Kalaveti Ravouvou and Apisalome Vota, while Ilaisa Droasese is on the wing. Frank Lomani is back at halfback with captain, Nemani Nagusa at No.8.

Nadroga loose forward Rusiate Nasove starts at openside flanker with Joseva Tamani at No.6. Viliame Rarasea returns to partner Isoa Nasilasila at locks.

In the front rows, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa is at tighthead prop while Haeireiti Hetet is on looseheap, with Zuriel Togiatama at hooker. Byrne has five forwards and three backs in the reserves.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

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