Fijian international Manasa Saulo headlines five new signings for Drua

Tue, 12/10/2021, 01:07 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Fijian Drua have announced their latest wave of signings, with 47-cap prop Manasa Saulo added to their side.

Saulo made his debut for Fiji in 2012, playing in two World Cups across his near-decade International career.

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"We are delighted to reveal our most senior squad member in Manasa Saulo," Fijian Drua Interim CEO Brian Thorburn said.

"As Drua No. 23, he brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to what will be a very young squad.

"He has been to two Rugby World Cups and fans will remember him as part of a scrum that surprised the Wallabies in 2015.

"Manasa is a real product of the Fijian rugby system, having been a part of the national age-group teams, Sukuna Bowl and provincial rugby. He is also an international journeyman, playing the top-level competitions of France with Toulon and the UK with London Irish. His experience will be invaluable.”

He is joined by current Flying Fijians tighthead Samuela Tawake, who made his Fiji debut against Canada in 2020.

Along with this, they have announced highly touted Sevens prospect Kitione Salawa Junior will join the squad, with the 20-year-old just missing out on selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rounding out the additions are Suva lock Sorovakatini Tuifagalele and Joseva Tamani, with Timani recently playing for the Melbourne Rising in NRC and called in as cover for the Waratahs.

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“Depth in the forwards is crucial in Super Rugby and we are delighted to announce five players who will be eager to impress the coaching staff during the pre-season which starts in November," Thorburn added.

"The five players today demonstrated yet again Fiji Rugby’s solid player development pathways; they’ve worked their way through the ranks and are ready to show their wares for our Club.”

The Drua will confirm their playing squad at the end of the week, with the club set to start pre-season training in November, set to be based in Australia.

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