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New Owners for Fijiana Drua?

Rugby Australia confirms Super W champions to be known as Fijian Drua
20 Oct 2023 16:02
New Owners for Fijiana Drua?
The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua during their back to back Super W win earlier this year. Photo: FRU Media

The reigning Super W champions, the Rooster Chicken Fijian Drua could be playing under the Fijian Drua franchise in next season’s competition.

Sources told SUNsports yesterday, that negotiations have been ongoing between the Fiji Rugby Union and Counter Ruck PTE Limited executives.

Government had invested $6million for 51 per cent shareholding in Counter Ruck PTE Limited which was established by FRU to own and operate the Fijian Drua.

The Fijiana Drua during their 2022 and 2023 Super W seasons was managed by FRU.

Questions sent to FRU interim Trustees chairman Peter Mazey remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.

It is understood, that a major announcement is expected soon as they are now finalising the move.

However, the release of the 2024 Super W fixtures by Rugby Australia, indicated that a change of name. The Fijiana Drua is now being registered as the Fijian Drua.

The Fijian Drua won the Super W title in 2022 and 2023.

According to Rugby Australia, the draw will feature 12 double headers alongside Super Rugby Pacific fixtures in both Australia and Fiji.

It will kick off with the Western Force hosting the Melbourne Rebels on March 15 at HBF Park.

This will be followed by the NSW Waratahs hosting the ACT Brumbies at Allianz Stadium while the Fijian Drua (formally Fijiana) will begin their quest for a three-peat against the Queensland Reds in a grand-final rematch.

The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals, where they will compete for a place in the Grand Final, to be held on the last weekend in April.

Teams will have an official three-week pre-season, which will see the Australian sides host teams from Oceania and Japan.

This comes as Rugby Australia announces the launch of a Super Rugby Women’s U19 competition.

“The Super W draw for 2024 ensures we will be showcasing the best women’s rugby players from across Australia and Fiji to the biggest possible audience,” Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh said.



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