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Drua Praised

Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights wing Marika Koroibete believes the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side has set the bar in their Super Rugby Pacific debut.
02 Jun 2022 16:30
Drua Praised
Marika Koroibete

Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights wing Marika Koroibete believes the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side has set the bar in their Super Rugby Pacific debut.

The 29-year-old, who debuted for the Wallabies in 2017 after switching codes from the NRL, made the comments from his home in Ota, Japan.

Koroibete scored a try last weekend to help the Wild Knights, coached by former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans, secure an 18-12 victory over Suntory Sungoliath in the inaugural final of Japan’s new premier competition – Japan Rugby League One.

Speaking to SUNsports, Koroibete said the Drua did well in the competition.

“They are obviously very talented players across the pitch during Super Rugby,” he said.

“The way they shift the ball around with the Fijian flair. That keeps the fans entertained and everyone loves to watch.”

Koroibete believes the Fijian Drua will need to get better in some areas before the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.

“They will have to fix their set-pieces. I love my time in Japan, I love the culture and the team, so I can’t see myself getting involved with the Drua.

“There are some young and talented players coming up who can play for the team.”

Koroibete also told SUNsports that he remained committed to the Wallabies for the July three-Test series.

“It will be a good experience. I will bring back a lot. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Koroibete said playing under former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans helped him become a complete player.

“Getting my detail right,” the 29-year-old said of what he’d specifically been trying to improve.

“I’ve been working on my catch and pass, my decision-making under pressure. I have been given a licence to play what’s in front of me. It’s great. I’ve been given the freedom to roam on the field.”

Deans expects Koroibete to prove a handful for England.

“He loves to play and the ball in his hands. If he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, he finds a way to attack the game anyway,” Deans said.

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