Fijiana Drua names team for Super W debut

Fijiana Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named 19 local players in his 23-member match-day squad for their opening Super W game against Rebels this Saturday.

No.8 Bitila Tawake has been handed the captaincy nod for the inaugural outing, which is also the first international for almost all the players in more than two years.

“We haven’t played in any international tournaments since the extended squad was named more than two years ago.  It will be a big test for us, but I know the players will play their hearts out on Saturday,” Seruvakula said.

“The Melbourne Rebels is a very experienced side that has been playing together for the past three years, so I have reminded the players to remain consistent, maintain discipline and play according to the game plan.”

He added that playing on their home ground, the Melbourne Rebels is expected to put up a tough battle, but he has urged the players to play with full confidence.

“We have a very young and new team with many first timers. Definitely the nerves and excitement will be there but we need to get in the game quickly and play the full 80 minutes with confidence, patience and cool heads.”

Tawake is confident of a good outing.

“I’m so excited to lead this exciting and enthusiastic pack and with the assistance of the experienced players my job on the field will also become easy,” said Tawake.

Fijiana Drua takes on the Melbourne Rebels this Saturday at 5.30 pm at the Endeavor Hills Rugby Club Grounds in Melbourne.

Fijiana Drua Team

  1. Vika Matarugu
  2. Jiowana Sauto
  3. Karalaini Naisewa
  4. Doreen Narokete
  5. Jade Coates
  6. Sereima Leweniqila
  7. Ema Adivitaloga
  8. Bitila Tawake (Captain)
  9. Rusila Tamoi
  10. Merewalesi Rokouono (Vice Captain)
  11. Vitalina Naikore
  12. Mela Matanatabu
  13. Litiana Lawedrau
  14. Kolora Lomani
  15. Roela Radiniyavuni

Reserves:

  1. Mereoni Namositava
  2. Keleni Marawa
  3. Joma Rubuti
  4. Torika Vakalala
  5. Teresia Tinanivalu
  6. Rejieli Uluinayau
  7. Timaima Ravisa
  8. Temalesi Sigarara
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