TOUGHER TO DEFEND
Fiji Airways Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula believes it will be an uphill battle to defend the National Rugby Championship this year.
The side won the title last year after joining the competition in 2017.
“It is going to be tougher to defend the title,” he said. “Everyone wants to beat the Drua especially with all the Super Rugby players going back to their franchise and on standby for a Rugby World Cup call-up for the Wallabies.”
He added they have named their 33-member squad and are in their second week of training in Nadi. Some senior players in the team includes Levani Kurumudu, skipper Eremasi Radrodro, Joeli Veitayaki, Ratunaisa Navuma, Mosese Ducivaki, Tevita Naqali, Johnny Dyer , Jone Navori, Serupepeli Vularika, Peni Matawalu, Cyril Reece, and Aporosa Tabulawaki.
“I believe we did well in our first
week. It was very physical and everyone in the extended squad attended before we reduced the squad. “There are 33 players that have been contracted. They have passed their physical and other tests with the some new players in the mix.
“It is all new to them especially the training. And when it goes into the season it will be totally different for them. So it is totally a new learning for all these players.” The side will play a warm-up match against the RFMF XV at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today, 11am.
The side returns to camp on Tuesday and departs on Wednesday.
There will be two training sessions in Brisbane on Thursday and captain’s run on Friday. The side plays their first game (against Brisbane City) on Saturday.
“We returned on Sunday and prepare for the following week against the Western Force at the ANZ Stadium on September 7. The turnaround is short so we need to be up to it,” he added.
Coach Senirusi Seruvakula monitors Fiji Airways Fijian Drua training in Nadi on August 21, 2019.