Meli Derenalagi is one of 5 new signings for the Fijian Drua

Meli Derenalagi is one of 5 new signings for the Fijian Drua

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 28/09/2021
Namosi winger Vinaya Habosi, Lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Fiji 7s team forward and Olympic gold medalist Meli Derenalagi, Suva halfback - Serupepeli Vularika and Suva forward Meli Tuni.

Fiji 7s team forward and Olympic gold medalist Meli Derenalagi is one of the five new signings for the Fijian Drua for the Super Rugby Pacific competition next year.

He joins Napolioni Bolaca as the second Olympic gold medalist in the squad.

Other newly announced signings are Flying Fijians halfback Serupepeli Vularika, Suva forward Meli Tuni, Namosi wing Vinaya Habosi and lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta who plays for Tasman in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship.

With these new signings, 10 players have now been officially confirmed as part of the Drua's foundation squad.

Players who were previously announced as members of the squad are backline utility Napolioni Bolaca, Flying Fijians hooker Tevita Ikanivere, winger Onisi Ratave, loose forward Nemani Nagusa, and rising star halfback Simione Kuruvoli.

Super Rugby Pacific will kick off on 18th February next year.

The Drua will be joined by the Crusaders, Blues, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Melbourne Rebels, Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Western Force and the Moana Pasifika.

Each team will play 14 regular season matches with every side hosting seven matches.

There will be one points table with teams ranked one to 12 based on competition points.

The top eight teams on the points table will qualify for a three-week playoff format.

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