Vularika termination in the club’s best interest: Fijian Drua

Utility back Serupepeli Vularika’s Fijian Drua’s career has been cut short, even before making his first appearance in the Super Pacific Rugby, after the Fijian franchise axed his participation for disciplinary reasons, details of which it did not disclose only saying that he will return to Fiji.

In a statement issued last evening, Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn said as much as it was disappointing, the decision to terminate their No.7 signing was made in the best interest of the club.

“The foundation of a successful professional team are the values that underpin it. We set very high standards for our players, management and staff in this regard. All of us at the Drua are expected to live up to our values and adhere to these standards. We are disappointed to have to make this decision today regarding Seru, but it is in the best interest of our Club,” Thorburn said in the statement.

Whether the Fijian Drua will bring in a replacement for Vularika remains to be seen, but head coach Mick Byrne did say in an update to the media yesterday that their squad was finalised.

Vularika did feature for the Fijian Drua, but in the pre-season against Rebels last month that the side won 28-26.

Prior to joining the Drua, Vularika played a season for LA Giltinis in the American Super League. Before that he made 14 appearances for the Fijian Drua in the 2018/2019 National Rugby Championship season. Vularika also featured for the Flying Fijians in the Pacific Nations Cup, picking up 12 caps.

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