The Fijian Drua will quietly begin their Super rugby pre season training today under the watchful eyes of trainer Naca Cawanibuka in a bid to play for spots for our upcoming season.
Whilst the chaos of player selections is almost over, the Drua have about five spots to fill on their roster. Given our selections, our outside backs department comes under the microscope.Embed from Getty Images
To date, our current squad lacks a specialist winger with utility value found in Vinaya Habosi, Kalioni Nasoko, Onisimo Ratave and Kitione Taliga. Whist the Drua have had their sights on the NPC, the situation is not as straight forward in New Zealand as what meets the eye.
Tasman sensation Timoci Tavatavanawai has opted for Moana Pasifika, Kini Naholo with Canterbury Crusaders, reports suggest Mosese Dawai is going to sign with Otago and young Vereniki Tikoisolomone has humbly declined the offer.
The problem stems with the fact that most of these young emerging stars are on sports visa subject to their playing in New Zealand. Playing with the Drua would effectively mean giving up their New Zealand visa. That narrows our scope in New Zealand to players that are second or third generation players with residency requirements.
The Drua will be in no rush to fill in the remaining spots of their roster but we highlight some of the talent available worth considering.Embed from Getty Images
Krisi Kuridrani is a seasoned winger with Super rugby experience and is Queensland based . A physical prototype that is balanced with speed and power. Jamie Spowart (23) is a young winger with Fijian heritage that plays in the NPC as a winger and fullback. With the Tasman Mako for 2018 – 2020, Jamie who is a former New Zealand Under 20s player is with Southland Stags this NPC season.
Luke Nadurutalo, 29 yr old outside back that played with Penrith Emus last season. In a mediocre season by the Emus, Luke managed to play consistently and was shortlisted for the Ken Catchpole Shute Shield Player of the Year 2020. This season the explosive outside back switched back to rugby league and had a stellar season with St Mary’s Rugby League team. Luke expressed his interest in the Drua and is currently trialling with the NSW Waratahs.Embed from Getty Images
Finally Waisake Naholo. A 30 yr old veteran that may not be the force he was five years ago but may be just the player the Drua needs to bring out the best of what our utility players have . The 27 test and 62 cap Highlander brings experience and maturity to give our backs stability and confidence.
Originally published in the Fiji Rugby Players Forum Facebook Page
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