Fijian Drua names 5 players to debut in Super Rugby Pacific season

Napolioni Bolaca, left, and Josua Vakurunabili during the Fiji 7s training session in Los Angeles, US. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fijian Drua have revealed the names of the first five players signed by the Club for its debut Super Rugby Pacific season in 2022.

They are Electric backline utility Napolioni Bolaca, Flying Fijians’ hooker Tevita Ikanivere, blockbusting winger Onisi Ratave, powerful loose forward Nemani Nagusa, and rising star halfback Simione Kuruvoli.

They are onboard for Super Rugby Pacific’s newest side.

The five also attained the coveted 1 through 5 ‘Drua Numbers’, with Olympic Gold Medalist Bolaca honoured as Fijian Drua Number 1. All players in the squad will be assigned a number they will retain for life.

Interim Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said the club was delighted to make its maiden squad-related announcement.

“We’re steaming ahead towards our historic first season, and today’s naming signals our intentions we are going to delight rugby fans with that typical Fijian flair and playing style,” Thorburn said.

“It also underscores our commitment to offer a pathway for Fijian players into Super rugby. The competition is about to get a whole lot more exciting, and we can’t wait for rugby fans to see our Fijian Drua in action.”

The Fijian Drua will announce a further 32 players over the next several weeks.

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