Drua-Force match called off

Members of the Fijian Drua team during a training session in Sydney, Australia. Picture: FIJIAN DRUA

The Fijian Drua’s trial match against Western Force on Sunday was called off. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn in a statement said the Force were unable to travel in and out of Western Australia as earlier anticipated because of the delay in border reopening.

“The Drua share the disappointment of fans and stakeholders about the cancellation and sincerely apologise to those planning a trip to Ballina this Sunday to watch the trial match,” the statement read.

“We will, instead, proceed with an internal practice match made up of two teams from the squad. Fans are welcome to watch this practice match at the Ballina Rugby Union ground. All visitors to the grounds are requested to follow NSW COVID-safety protocols at all times to protect themselves and others.

“The Fijian Drua thank all fans and stakeholders for their patience and understanding of these protocols, as the team continues preparations for our inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season.”

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