Fijian Drua name squad to face Rebels

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has announced its run-on squad for the first pre-season trial match tomorrow at Prince Charles Park in Nadi at 3pm.

The trial match against the Melbourne Rebels will be divided into four quarters, with the following players getting a first run as Team 1.

  1. Emosi Tuqiri
  2. Zurial Togiatama
  3. Jone Tiko
  4. Isoa Nasilasila
  5. Sorovakatini Tuifagalele
  6. Raikabula Momoedonu
  7. Motikai Murray (development player)
  8. Elia Canakaivata
  9. Peni Matawalu
  10. Caleb Muntz
  11. Vinaya Habosi
  12. Michael Naitokani
  13. Apisalome Vota
  14. Taniela Rakuro (development player)
  15. Ilaisa Droasese

The following players will run on as team 2.

  1. Livai Natave
  2. Tevita Ikanivere
  3. Jone Koroiduadua
  4. Sailosi Vakalokalo (development player)
  5. Chris Minimbi
  6. Rusiate Nasove
  7. Kitione Salawa
  8. Joseva Tamani
  9. Frank Lomani
  10. Teti Tela
  11. Tuidraki Samusamuvodre
  12. Kalaveti Ravouvou
  13. Iosefo Masi
  14. Selestino Ravutaumada
  15. Kitione Taliga

The reserves for the trial are as follows:

  1. Timoci Sauvoli
  2. Mesulame Dolokoto
  3. Joji Kunavula (development player)
  4. Philip Baselala
  5. Kemu Valetini
  6. Kalione Nasoko

Meanwhile, members of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua who have links to Nadi are excited about the opportunity to feature in front of their family and friends in their hometown. Players with close links to Nadi either through school or provincial rugby include captain Ratu Meli, Samusamuvodre, Salawa, Taliga, Natave, and Miramira.

Fijian Drua winger, Samusamuvodre said: “It will be a proud moment for me to don the Drua jersey for the first time in Nadi. The feeling will be like no other playing in front of our people. We have our regular season matches in Lautoka and Suva so it’s really good that we’re able to bring this trial to Nadi. We are really looking forward to seeing a full Prince Charles Park tomorrow as the boys take on the Rebels in this important trial.”

Tickets can be purchased on the Fijian Drua website here , or at the venue on game day, from 12pm.

Photo: Fijian Drua

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