Fijian Drua Condemns Racial Abuse Against Player

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has denounced the racial abuse directed at one of its players during the match against the Melbourne Rebels.

The incident, which occurred during Friday night’s 20-41 loss in Melbourne, has sparked outrage and prompted swift action from both teams including the Rebels management and Tournament (SRP).

“Clearly there is no place for racism of any kind anywhere. We all have a duty to protect players and staff from situations which go against the values of our game,” the Fijian Drua said in a statement.

“We’re also providing Frank Lomani with the support he needs at this time.”

The Fijian Drua extended gratitude to the Melbourne Rebels for promptly reaching out with an apology and initiating an investigation to identify those responsible. SANZAR is also conducting an independent assessment of the matter.

Amid the fallout from the incident, the Fijian Drua assured fans that the actions of a few individuals would not tarnish the warm relationship they share with rugby enthusiasts in Melbourne, renowned as one of the world’s premier sporting cities. 

Undeterred by the setback, the team announced plans to return to Melbourne this week for a crucial matchup, as the Rooster Chicken Fijian Drua women prepare to take on the Rebels women in the final round of Buildcorp Super Rugby Women.

“We look forward to meeting and engaging with as many fans as possible at AAMI Park on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua have another chance to make amends when they host the Rebels in their final Super Rugby Pacific round-robin game on Saturday, June 1 at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

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