Isoa Nasilasila back from injury to take on the Hurricanes

Isoa Nasilasila back from injury to take on the Hurricanes

By Mikaele Liga
Wednesday 17/04/2024
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua lock, Isoa Nasilasila

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua lock, Isoa Nasilasila has recovered from his ankle injury and has been named in the run-on team for the crucial Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Hurricanes this Friday.

Head Coach Mick Byrne has made a few changes to the match-day 23 this week as the team seeks to be the first team to defeat the Hurricanes this season.

In the starting 15, powerful front rower Haereiti Hetet retains his place at loose-head prop with captain, Tevita Ikanivere at hooker.

Veteran prop Mesake Doge remains at tight-head prop, Leone Rotuisolia retains his spot in the middle row partnering with Nasilasila, Vilive Miramira is back at blindside flanker while Kitione Salawa starts again at open-side flanker.

Elia Canakaivata is back in the starting lineup at number 8.

Simi Kuruvoli starts at halfback alongside Isikeli Rabitu who makes his first start at fly-half for the Drua.

This is the third Super Rugby match for the former Suva Grammar School prodigy, after his initial appearances as a fullback.

Epeli Momo starts on the left wing this week with Selestino Ravutaumada on the right, Kemu Valetini will start at inside centre, with Iosefo Masi outside him and Ilaisa Droasese at fullback.

Zuriel Togiatama, Livai Natave, Samu Tawake, Mesake Vocevoce, Meli Derenalagi, Peni Matawalu, Michael Naitokani and Junior Ratuva make up the reserves. The Drua vs Hurricanes match will kick off at 7.05pm Friday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

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