The Fijian Drua and Highlanders game tomorrow afternoon at the ANZ Stadium will be aired live, the hosts’ CEO Brian Thorburn confirms.
Thorburn said the change in decision stem from having scored enough ticket sales to allow for the game to be aired live in Fiji.
As of 1pm today, Fijian Drua have sold more than 10,000 tickets with the $150 and $75 priced tickets being sold out.
The Drua management decided against the airing of the game, opting for delayed coverage, early this week upon learning of the slow ticket sales.
Tomorrow’s game marks many firsts for the Fijian Drua, one being their first home game at home in Fiji since joining the Super Rugby Pacific set-up – their first home game in the 11 rounds of the 2022 SRP 2022 season. This is the first time majority of the local players are home since moving camp to Australia six months ago. On a more personal note, it also led to NZ-based Drua lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta meeting his dad in person for the firs time in 24 years.
Part of the excitement and anticipation also stem from the Fijiana Drua’s historical Super W win, in dethroning and serving Waratahs their first defeat since the tournament’s inception four years ago.
The Drua versus Highlanders SRP match kicks off at 4.35pm.