Ravouvou at wing, Tela at centre and Ravutaumada at fullback as Drua side named to take on Reds

Ravouvou at wing, Tela at centre and Ravutaumada at fullback as Drua side named to take on Reds

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 01/06/2023
[Photo: File]

Major positional changes have been made as the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad has been named in their do or die match against the Reds with Kalaveti Ravouvou moving to the wing, Teti Tela moving to inside centre and Selestino Ravutaumada moving to fullback.

Head Coach Mick Byrne has maintained his front row from last week with Haereiti Hetet at loosehead prop, Mesake Doge at tighthead, and Tevita Ikanivere as hooker.

The second row will consist of Isoa Nasilasila and Leone Rotuisolia, Joseva Tamani remains at blindside flanker with Vilive Miramira on the openside and Captain Meli Derenalagi is the number 8 loose forward.

Frank Lomani remains at halfback with Caleb Muntz slotting in at flyhalf this week.

Ravouvou starts on the left wing and will partner with Eroni Sau who shifts to the right wing with Tela at inside centre partnering Iosefo Masi who is on the outside while Ravutaumada completes the starting 15 at fullback.

The bench sees the return of Mesulame Dolokoto, who will cover the hooker position as well as Meli Tuni, who is the replacement loosehead prop while Samuela Tawake will cover for the tighthead prop.

Etonia Waqa is the replacement lock, while Elia Canakaivata will be the back up loose forward, Peni Matawalu is the reserve halfback, with Kemu Valetini and Michael Naitokani covering the backline.

The Drua will face the Reds at 4.35pm Saturday.

Gates at the HFC Bank Stadium will open at 1.35pm.

Other games this week, the Blues will play the Highlanders at 7.05pm Friday, the Brumbies meet the Rebels at 9.35pm Friday, the Hurricanes host the Crusaders at 7.05pm Saturday, the Waratahs play Moana Pasifika at 9.35pm Saturday and the Western Force host the Chiefs at 12am Sunday.

You can buy your tickets from any Jack’s of Fiji outlet, Fiji Sports Council offices, or online at drua.flicket.io

Round 10

Fri 26 Apr7:05PMCrusaders - Rebels
9:35PMWaratahs - Chiefs
Sat 27 Apr2:05PMFijian Drua - Moana Pacifika
4:35PMBrumbies - Hurricanes
7:05PMHighlanders - Force
9:35PMReds - Blues
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