Fijian Drua

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Fijian Drua
Fijian Drua logo.jpg
UnionFiji Rugby Union
Founded2017
RegionFiji
Ground(s)Churchill Park, Lautoka
Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori
Coach(es)Senirusi Seruvakula
Captain(s)Mosese Voka
League(s)National Rugby Championship
2018Champions
1st placed (regular season)
Team kit
Drua flyhalf Alifereti Veitokani in NRC 2017.

The Fijian Drua is a rugby union team based in Fiji that competes in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC). The team was created by the Fiji Rugby Union and launched in August 2017, shortly before the 2017 National Rugby Championship.[1]

History[edit]

In July 2017, the Fiji Rugby Union announced that they would enter a team in the Australian domestic National Rugby Championship from the 2017 season onwards following successful negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union,[2] with home matches being played in stadia in Lautoka, Sigatoka and Suva. On 25 July, Senirusi Seruvakula was named as the head coach of the team for their inaugural season,[3] and a few days later the first players were invited to a training camp.[4]

The team's name, logo and kit was revealed on 16 August 2017, with the FRU announcing that the team would be known as the Fijian Drua.[1]

Name and colours[edit]

The team is named after the drua, a traditional Fijian double canoe that served as warships in naval battles. The team's logo pictures a drua stylised inside a rugby ball, to symbolise Fijian players' speed, agility and flair. They also announced ISC as their kit manufacturer.

Current squad[edit]

The extended squad for the 2018 National Rugby Championship season is:[5]

2018 Fijian Drua National Rugby Championship squad

Props

  • Mosese Ducivaki
  • Eroni Mawi
  • Alivereti Rabukawaqa
  • Luke Tagi
  • Joeli Veitayaki Jr.

Hookers

  • Mesulame Dolokoto
  • Ratunaisa Navuma
  • Mateo Qolisese
  • Veremalua Vugakoto

Locks

  • Tevita Naqali
  • Peni Naulago


Loose Forwards

  • Johnny Dyer
  • Jone Navori
  • Eremasi Radrodro
  • Peni Raidre
  • Filimoni Seru
  • Albert Tuisue
  • Mosese Voka (c)

Scrum-halves

  • Frank Lomani
  • Peni Matawalu
  • Serupepeli Vularika

Fly-halves

  • Alivereti Veitokani

Centres

  • Levani Kurumudu
  • Apisalome Vota
  • Poasa Waqanibau
  • Apisalome Waqatabu

Wingers

  • Asesela Atunaisa
  • Avete Daveta
  • Jona Sawailau
  • Aporosa Tabulawaki

Fullbacks

  • Enele Malele
  • Jone Manu
  • Cyril Reece
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped.

Records[edit]

Honours[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National Rugby Championship

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts   Play-offs
2018 1st 7 6 0 1 283 175 +108 3 27   Grand final win over Queensland Country by 36-26
2017 3rd 8 4 0 4 261 245 +16 6 22   Semi-final loss to Queensland Country by 57–21

Head coaches[edit]

Captains[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FRU Reveals Fiji NRC Official Name and Kit" (Press release). Fiji Rugby Union. 16 August 2017. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  2. ^ "FRU joins 2017 National Rugby Championship" (Press release). Fiji Rugby Union. 21 July 2017. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Seruvakula Appointed NRC Coach" (Press release). Fiji Rugby Union. 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  4. ^ "NRC Extended Squad to March into Camp" (Press release). Fiji Rugby Union. 6 August 2017. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Sport: Fijian Drua announce squad". Radio NZ. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Seruvakula Appointed NRC Coach". Fiji Sun. 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Duo for Drua". Fiji Sun. 8 July 2018. Archived from the original on 5 August 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Koka leads Drua". Fiji Sun. 22 August 2018. Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Stewart Leads Drua". Fiji Sun. 29 August 2017. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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