Fijian Drua to perform ‘I Bole’ prior to Waratahs game kick-off

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will showcase a specially created Fijian challenge – Na Bole – prior to kick-off against the Waratahs tonight at CommBank Stadium, Paramatta, bringing back a tradition dating back centuries.

Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn revealed that the bole was created by the team to energise and remind themselves of the task at hand.

“Our Drua has finally reached the shores of Super Rugby Pacific after 25 years. The significance of this journey and opportunity is top of mind for our players, staff and Club. When the team made the request to bring back the bole for our inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign, we immediately worked to get approval to do it from Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby. We are thankful for their understanding of how special this is for our team, our Club and country. The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will present Na Bole before our first ever match tonight and all Drua home matches subsequently” Thorburn said.

Thorburn adds, this was yet another way the Drua would represent the culture and pride of Fiji to the world.

“We’re bringing something quite special to Super Rugby Pacific in addition to that fast, fearless Fijian flair that our players are known for. The Drua is powered by the heart and spirit of the Fijian people and we aim to make them proud on and off the field. The wordings of Na Bole encapsulate all that unites the Fijian Spirit: unwavering faith and belief in God, our connection to the vanua, the people, our vuvale and kinships, and finally, the Drua’s own values of Integrity, Discipline and (being) Relentless.”

The team had a private jersey presentation last night. In what was a special moment for the Drua vuvale, former Flying Fijians Captain Simon Raiwalui did the honours of presenting the jerseys to the Matchday 23. He encouraged the players to enjoy the moment on behalf of their people and the past greats of Fijian rugby. The team, after the jersey presentation, also performed the bole for a handful of invited guests, which included Thorburn, Head Coach Mick Byrne and Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor.

The game against the Waratahs is scheduled to kick off at 8.45 pm (Fiji Time).

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Matchday 23

  1. Jone Koroiduadua*
  2. Tevita Ikanivere*
  3. Samuela Tawake*
  4. Isoa Nasilasila*
  5. Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta*
  6. Meli Derenalagi* 
  7. Kitione Salawa*
  8. Nemani Nagusa* (c)
  9. Simione Kuruvoli*
  10. Baden Kerr
  11. Vinaya Habosi*
  12. Kalaveti Ravouvou*
  13. Apisalome Vota*
  14. Kitione Ratu*
  15. Selesitino Ravutaumada*


  1. Mesulame Dolokoto*
  2. Timoci Sauvoli*
  3. Manasa Saulo*
  4. Viliame Rarasea*
  5. Vilive Miramira*
  6. Peni Matawalu*
  7. Caleb Muntz*
  8. Onisi Ratave*

Photo: Swire Shipping Fijian Drua

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