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Drua accepts SANZAAR’s position

The Fijian Drua supports and maintains a zero tolerance towards any anti-social behaviour by spectators, particular racial abuse and has accepted SANZAAR’s position following the conclusion of their formal investigation of an alleged incident.

An allegation of racial abuse surfaced following the Super Rugby Pacific Round 7 match between Melbourne Rebels and Fijian Drua at AAMI Park on Friday 5 April.

A thorough investigation was completed by SANZAAR, Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels and based on the evidence available the allegation of racial abuse could not be substantiated.

Fijian Drua chief executive Mark Evans acknowledges it has been a challenging time for Frank Lomani and the Drua organisation.

“Frank was deeply upset by the incident and as a club we share his concerns. Frank is a respected leader within the Drua and a man who cares deeply about his culture, teammates and the next generation of players.”

“Given Frank’s character and his immediate reaction on the night we do not doubt his veracity for a moment.:

He said they however understand these types of incidents can be hard to verify and substantiate satisfactorily.

“Rugby prides itself on the values of respect and integrity and spectators must adhere to these values while attending matches.”

Evans encourages the Fijian Drua supporters to continue to support their team with passion, energy and respect.

“It is well known that we have the most passionate fan base in the Super Rugby Pacific competition, and we will continue to try to ensure all Drua home games are inclusive, safe, family friendly and high energy.”

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

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