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Drua extended squad named for NRC

August 7, 2018 6:04 pm

Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named his 33-member squad to represent Fiji in the 2018 National Rugby Championship.

The fifth season of the Championship sees a new format of the tournament and the teams will reduce from nine to eight.

The eight teams for the 2018 NRC season include the Canberra Vikings, NSW Country Eagles, the Sydney Rays, Brisbane City, Queensland Country, Melbourne Rising, Western Force and the Fiji Airways Drua.

The Greater Sydney Rams from NSW are no longer involved in the NRC moving forward.

The Fijian squad sees a good combination of experienced and young players who have either represented the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians, Fiji Warriors and have played in the FRU’s Provincial Competition.

The tournament will be played over seven consecutive weeks, with an additional two weeks of finals.

The Drua kicks off the Championship with two home matches against the Melbourne rising and Brisbane City next month.

Forwards – Eroni Mawi, Joeli Veitayaki, Mateo Qolisese, Ratunaisa Navuma, Mesulame Dolokoto, Vugakoto Veremalua, Mosese Ducivaki, Luke Tagi, Alivereti Rabukawaqa, Tevita Naqali, Peni Naulago, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Johnny Dyer Jone Navori, Filimoni Seru, Eremasi Radrodro, Peni Raidre.

Backs – Serupepeli Vularika, Frank Lomani, Peni Matawalu, Alivereti Veitokani, Jone Manu, Cyril Reece, Jona Sawailau, Poasa Waqanibau, Apisalome Vota, Asesela Atunaisa, Avete Daveta, Levani Kurumudu, Aporosa Tabulawaki, Apisalome Waqatabu, Enele Malele.

Shadow Players – Atunaisa Maiono, Seru Cakobau, Penijamini Makutu, Samuela Saqiwa, Sailosi Dawai, Elia Canakaivata, Aisea Natoga, Veramu Dikidikilati, Peni Vukayawa, Apenisa Deve, Joseva Turuva, Asesela Ratudamu.

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