Unity Keeps Drua Sail­ing on Course

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Avete Daveta be­lieves unity and team­work is what makes the Fiji Air­ways Drua tick in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship. The elu­sive winger from Nadroumai, Nadroga, said win­ning three out of four games so far is tes­ta­ment to the work ethic of the team, lead­ing the com­pe­ti­tion on 15 points. Fiji Air­ways Drua left Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day to play Can­berra Vikings at 9.30pm on Fri­day.

Avete Daveta be­lieves unity and team­work is what helps Fiji Air­ways Drua tick in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

The Nadroumai, Nadroga, na­tive and cousin of New Zealand All Blacks winger Waisake Na­holo, Daveta said win­ning three out of four games so far is tes­ta­ment to the work ethic of the team.

Daveta, 23, feels hon­oured to be part of the team that cur­rently leads the NRC stand­ing with 15 points.

“Unity, team­work is what keeps us to­gether. We are learn­ing as the com­pe­ti­tion pro­gresses,” the elu­sive winger said.

“We are bond­ing stronger on and off the field. We know other teams have Su­per Rugby and Wal­laby squad mem­bers. But we play hard and put into prac­tice what the coaches and train­ers taught us.

“Af­ter playing for Nadroga in the Skip­per Cup and HFC Bank Fare­brother Chal­lenge, I’ve learnt a lot from the NRC which is a to­tally new level.” He did not ex­pect such a big crowd on Satur­day where they beat Perth Spirit 41-5.

“We called for fans and we got it, awe­some sup­port,” Daveta said.

He started playing rugby at 14 while a stu­dent of Cuvu Col­lege.

He moved to Nas­inu Sec­ondary School where he played rugby league. “My team­mates at Nas­inu in­clude Wal­laby Marika Koroi­bete and France­based Vir­imi Vakatawa. I aim to be like them and play rugby over­seas.” He made his de­but for Nadroga se­nior team in the 35-12 vic­tory over Tailevu in the then Dig­i­cel Cup (now Skip­per Cup) at the Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka in 2013.

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Fiji Air­ways Drua winger Avete Daveta with a fan, Milly Volavola, at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Septem­ber 26, 2017.

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Fiji Air­ways Drua team with fans at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Septem­ber 26, 2017.

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Fiji Air­ways Drua Eroni Sau and Mos­ese Voka at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Septem­ber 26, 2017.

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Fiji Air­ways Drua flanker Sak­iusa Nadruku (sec­ond from left) and Osea Na­gani­lau with rel­a­tives on Septem­ber 26, 2017.

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