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Armstrong-Ravula to miss Canes clash

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua pivot Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula will miss the big Round 8 Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Hurricanes in Suva on Friday.

The youngster has been released by the franchise to attend to a family commitment in New Zealand.

Coach Mick Byrne confirmed Armstrong-Ravula has a death in the family and has been given time to be with his family.

“He comes from a very close and tightly bonded family and we have given him time off to be with his loved ones.”

“They are a rugby strong family and our thoughts are with them all this week.”

We are also sending our prayers and condolences to him and his family.”

“As a U20 player he has played all seven Super Rugby games in a row and that is a big ask.”

Byrne said Armstrong-Ravula’s absence opens up the chance for other players in the team to step up.”

“Sikeli (Rabitu) has been training and Kemu has been doing the job for us and we have Tui (Tuidraki Samusamuvodre) there as well. So this gives them another opportunity to step up and the good thing is Sikeli was playing out of position and gained Super Rugby experience.”

“For Kemu, he played this team last year and kicked the winning penalty from the sideline and he is a valuable member of the team as he can kick drop-kicks and make a real impact.”

“We will definitely miss Isi this week but others should fit in well and do the job,” he added.

The Drua will face the Hurricanes at the HFC Bank Stadium at 7.05pm.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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