Players impress top clubs

Fiji Airways Drua players Eremasi Radrodro (right) and Levani Kurumudu with fans Bill Ratu (left) and Darren Kuruikoro at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE inclusion of the Fiji Airways Drua in the National Rugby Championship in Australia has given the elite players from the country the opportunity to secure overseas contracts.

Fiji Drua departed for Australia yesterday confident of a win against the Western Force to secure a home semi-final.

The Fiji Drua leads the NRC points table with 23 points followed by Force with 22 points and Queensland Country on 19 points fighting for a home semi-final.

Fiji Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula said Alivereti Veitokani was one of the players targeted by top overseas clubs.

Seruvakula said he was just concentrating on tomorrow’s fixture.

“We will see what comes next after this weekend,” he said.

“There have been a couple of agents who are interested in the players but everything will be known after the completion of this year’s NRC competition.”

Seruvakula said it would be another tough week.

“It will be a battle between number one and number two. The Force will not give it to us but we just have to be prepared and play smart on Saturday.

“It’s going to be high intensity rugby, we just have to be patient we have position to build up our momentum when we take that lead and keep doing it. On statistics the Fiji Drua has more attacking with 4585 metres but has conceded 109 turnovers, 84 penalties. Fullback Apisalome Waqatabu leads the points scoring list with 79. Seruvakula said many trials were held to select the best squad.

“It is a massive involvement compared to last year and that is why we on the number one spot.

“The boys have been playing week in and week out and they have been playing against professional players These guys are all local players and it is a step up from last year.

“Everyone that is going in this tour is fit to play and so there are no injury concerns .”

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