Two 21-year-olds join Fijian Drua for debut Super Rugby Pacific season

Two 21-year-olds join Fijian Drua for debut Super Rugby Pacific season

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 28/09/2021
[image: Habosi,Tuni/Facebook]

Two new Fijian Drua signings Vinaya Habosi and Meli Tuni are just 21 years old.

They are part of the five new signings revealed today.

Habosi has already been part of the wider Fiji 7s team and Flying Fijians squads.

He plays on the wing and stood out for Namosi in the Skipper Cup competition and Farebrother Challenge last season.

Habosi was most recently in the Flying Fijians extended squad for the test matches against the All Blacks.

He also played for the Fijian Warriors.

The other rising star Meli Tuni is a prop and stood out for Suva in the local provincial competitions last season.

He played for the winning RKS team in the Deans competition in 2018 and represented Fiji in the Under 20 World Cup in 2019.

Tuni also played for the Fijian Warriors in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge.

There are now 10 players officially confirmed for the Drua's foundation squad for next year's Super Rugby Pacific.

They are Olympic gold medalists Meli Derenalagi and Napolioni Bolaca, Flying Fijians halfback Serupepeli Vularika, lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta who plays for Tasman in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship, 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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