NRC season preview: Fijian Drua

NRC
by Sam Phillips

The Fijian Drua are the unknown quantity of the NRC this year.

They're unknown to Australian fans, players and coaches alike, as they are stacked with local talent keen to make their mark.

They are similar to many club players plying their trades for Australian NRC clubs in that sense but their visibility has been limited until this point in time.

Their first chance to validate the Harlem Globetrotters tag, while providing a dash of Fijian flavour to the competition, comes on Saturday, when they face Brisbane City at Ballymore.

SQUAD

Joeli Veitayaki

Osea Naganilau

Eroni Mawi

Ratunaisa Nauma

Samu Suguturaga

Kalivati Tawake

Mosese Ducivaki

Peni Naulago

Samu Saqiwa

Apisai Tauyavuca

Vasikali Mudu

Peni Raidre

Filimoni Seru

Mosese Voka

Sakiusa Nadruku

Frank Lomani

Seru Cavuilati

Peceli Nacebe

Kini Douglas

 Apete Daveta

 Eroni Vasiteri

 Cyril Reece

 John Stewart

 Eroni Sau

 Aporosa Tabulawaki

 Apisalome Waqatabu

MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER


Frank Lomani.

Starred for the Fijian U20s in 2016 and has the turn of foot off the mark to take advantage of any lazy defence around the breakdown.

With the frenetic speed of the NRC, plenty of those gaps should appear.

Lomani's combination with fellow young gun Kini Douglas will be pivotal to Fijian success this season.

THE BOLTER

There will be plenty of potential bolters among this squad.

It could be Lomani, it could be Douglas but it could also literally be any other player.

Every player in this team is an unknown quantity and a handful of quality perfomances could be enough to catch the eye of a Super Rugby club.

Stay tuned.

PREDICTION

This team will spring some surprises this season.

They will play the flair filled style of football Fijians are known and loved for and they will bring big crowds to each of their starts.

A handful of wins are on the cards but finals football will be out of reach when the final fortnight rolls around.