21st August 04:22 AM
We expect a tough challenge from Melbourne Rising and we are ready - Seruvakula
By Save Waqa
Saturday 01/09/2018
L-R: Sefa Naivalu, Isi Naisarani, Kemu Valetini and Kitione Ratu

We expect a tough challenge from Melbourne Rising and we are ready.

These were the words of Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula as the team presented their i-tatau to the President,  Jioji Konrote today.

Seruvakula says that only three players of the Melbourne Rising are not in the Super Rugby competition adding that they expect Rising to bring experience and fire power in their forwards.

Fiji born players are also expected to start for Melbourne Rising and they include, Sefa Naivalu and Isi Naisarani while Kemu Valetini and Kitione Ratu are expected to start off the bench.

Seruvakula says that the Drua had their captain’s run this morning and that they hope to make the most of the home crowd advantage with supporters expected to come out in numbers tomorrow.

Meanwhile, William Ryder, Lemeki Duidomo, Samu Saumaisue, Nasoni Roko, Emosi Vucago, Neumi Nanuku, Jonetani Vula and Viliame Satala will be amongst the heroes of the past pulling on the white jersey for the Fiji Legends.

The star studded Classic Wallabies team will have Fijian born Wallabies, Samu Kerevi, Radike Samo, and Lote Tuqiri and recently retired Australian greats Stephen Moore and Rob Horne, as well as Wallaby capped Melbourne Rebels star Laurie Weeks

The Fiji Legends will play the Classic Wallabies at 2pm tomorrow and the Fiji Airways Drua will take on Melbourne Rising at 3pm at Ratu Cakobau Park.

Melbourne Rising squad

1. Tetera Faulkner

2. Anaru Rangi

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Trevor Hosea

6. Angus Cottrell

7. Richard Hardwick

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Harrison Goddard

10. Archie King

11. Tom English

12. Billy Meakes

13. Sione Tuipulotu

14. Sefa Naivalu

15. Justin Masters


16. Andrew Tuala

17. Fereti Sa’aga

18. Mees Erasmus

19. Esei Haangana

20. Robert Leota

21. Michael Ruru

22. Kemu Valetini

23. Kiti Ratu

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