Coach praises players’ individual performances

Fijian Drua coach Mick Bryne. Picture: SUPPLIED

Head coach of the Fijian Drua Mick Byrne has noticed an immense growth in the individual players selected to be a part of the historic Drua brigade as the countdown begins before the team’s first match against the Waratahs next month.

Byrne said he was impressed with the players’ ability to bounce back the next day after they endured some of the most punishing fitness drills during the strenuous training sessions at their base camp in Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre, New South Wales, Australia.

“There has been an enormous growth in the players’ strength and conditioning,” he said.

“They’ve done a lot of work in that department.

“A lot of the players weren’t involved in full-time professional programs before.

“Every day our players have turned up and they’re ready to go.

“They have been mentally switched on and are aware about the ethics required of a professional rugby player.

“Every single player has been working towards that process.

“It’s exciting to witness the growth we’ve seen in the players over a short period of time since last Christmas, where we’ve spent a lot of time on our game plans and the way we want to play.

“The players’ have really taken it on board and we just want to keep continuing it to get better every day.”

The Drua, which joins Moana Pacifika as the two new expansion franchises in a revamped Super Rugby Pacific competition for the season, will open their campaign against Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta on February 18.

The 12-team Super Rugby Pacific competition would feature five teams each from New Zealand and Australia.

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