Fijian Drua coach eyes group to support skipper Nagusa

Fijian Drua coach Mick Bryne. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fijian Drua Super Rugby team head coach Mick Byrne has revealed that a group of experienced players would be chosen to help support captain Nemani Nagusa.

Byrne said the Swire Shipping-sponsored franchise team is mixed with experience and had some very good players who could be potential vice-captains for the team.

“We are so happy with the work that we have done in a short period with the leadership group and we are looking forward as we grow and go through to the season,” Byrne said.

“For me, it is not about looking for qualities. It is about having the thought that they would come out naturally, so we are waiting for the season to unfold.”

He said some players had been identified as vice-captains to help Nagusa during the Super Rugby Pacific season.

“With each game, we would probably be selective around the players and they might step up to the captaincy role. We are in the process of having the leadership group going and they will be on and off the field in supporting Nemani.

“We are growing and learning about each other which is very exciting and a great opportunity.”

He said the squad is preparing for its trials against the Western Force and Rebels.

“There was a big challenge and we had an enormous turnaround in our fitness level and strength levels. To get there is hard work and the leaders will naturally stand up on that kind of environment.”

The Fijian Drua’s first game in the competition on February 18 is against the Waratahs.

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