October 26, 2021
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Injured Veitokani added to Drua extended squad

Injured Flying Fijians, Fijian 7s and NRC Drua star Alivereti Veitokani has been added to the wider Fijian Drua set-up. 

Fijian Drua Interim chief executive Bryan Thorburn revealed this during the signing of six new players today.

Thorburn said Drua will organise for Veitokani’s assessment and rehabilitation in 2022, in close partnership with the Fiji Rugby Union.

He is slated for a return to top-level rugby with the Fijian Drua for the 2023 Super Rugby season, to be in the frame for selectors’ consideration for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
 
“Alivereti is absolutely a part of the Fijian Drua vuvale, and we will work with Fiji Rugby to help him on the road to recovery. We know what he is capable of; having starred for the NRC Drua in 2018 and masterminding the side to the championship win. We have an eye on the future in everything we do.”
 
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor said both Fiji Rugby and the Fijian Drua are committed to player welfare.

“We will help our players overcome serious injury and return to doing what they love. Over the next year, our medical and rehabilitation teams will ease Alivereti back into the game, and we’re confident he’ll be back stronger, faster and even more creative than ever.”
 
“The Drua will focus on being the pathway for our local players. The Coaching panel will closely monitor those in the domestic competition to provide them the opportunity to earn a place in the Fijian Drua and gain a professional contract to play Super Rugby,” he added.

By Romeka Romena  


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