Fiji Drua

Private money to back Fiji franchise entry into Super Rugby 2022

The kicker is that the team is likely now to be privately owned, with the union holding a minority stake in the franchise.

The entry of one or more Pasifika sides into Super Rugby has been the subject of much debate in the southern hemisphere, with Moana Pasifika set to enter future Super Rugby competitions. A third bid – Kanaloa Pasifika – even threatened to sue the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) after their bid was snubbed last November.

Fijian Drua already dreaming of first Super Rugby title

New Zealand Rugby announced on Friday it is working with the Auckland-based Moana Pasifika and the Fiji Rugby Union to "further explore the viability of Pasifika teams for 2022 and beyond."

The newcomers would join the existing five teams from New Zealand and five from Australia in a 12 team competition, provided key criteria is met.

Fiji Rugby CEO John O'Connor said it is a momentous day for Fiji Rugby with the dream of the Drua participating at a Super Rugby level on the verge of becoming reality.

NRC cancellation a blow for Fijian Drua rugby team

The 2020 NRC competition has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Drua made the semi-finals in their debut campaign in 2017 before winning their maiden championship in 2018.

Last year they made the semi-finals despite missing a number of their top players.

Senirusi Seruvakula said he wasn't surprised by the cancellation but was hoping other options would be available.

"Our aim was to win it again and I've got all the players that I wanted but it was just disappointing the NRC won't happen," he said.

Fijian Drua approaching NRC semi with confidence

The defending champions won their final two matches of the regular season, away to Melbourne Rising and at home to Queensland Country, to sneak into the semi finals for the third straight year.

Half of the Drua squad is new to the NRC competition in 2019 and coach Senirusi Seruvakula said he is really proud of the way they have risen to the challenge over the past two months.

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New laws implemented in NRC

Teams will now be rewarded for strong defence with a goal line dropout when the ball is held up in the in-goal area.

They will also be recognized for aggressive territorial kicking with the introduction of a 50:22 play.

Attacking teams that boot the ball indirectly from open play or a free kick within their own half and land it either within their opponent’s 22 or touchline will earn a lineout throw.