January 17, 2022
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Drua to host Highlanders

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will now host the Highlanders in Fiji instead of Waratahs due to the COVID -19 pandemic situation in the country.
 
Fijian Drua chief executive Brian Thorburn in a press conference today announced the change in the venue and fixture plan.
 
Thorburn  said Drua will not play Waratahs at home for their Round 7 match on 1st April due to the 'no-spectator' rule introduced by authorities as a result of the Omicron situation in Fiji.
 
This match will be played at another venue in Australia
 
However, the Drua now aim to host the Highlanders in Round 11 at ANZ Stadium in Suva on 30th of April instead.
 
"We would have loved to bring a match to Fiji earlier, but totally respect and support the decision of Fijian authorities."
 
"Public health considerations are paramount and the Drua's thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Fijians as they battle this Omicron wave."
 
"We now aim to play the Highlanders in Suva on 30 April but will have to change plans again if the 'no-spectator' rule remains in place."
 
"We'll need a full stadium to be able to host a financially viable match in Fiji and will be guided by the authorities in these considerations."
 
Meanwhile the Drua have also announced that the blockbuster Round 13 match against fellow debutants and Pacific vuvale Moana Pasifika will also be played at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta on 14 May.
 
"This will undoubtedly be a match for the ages as the Drua and Moana go head to head."
 
"Friendships and kava will flow after the match, but it will be fierce action on the field with high energy and high impact rugby that Pacific Islanders are renowned for."
 
"The boys are chomping at the bit for this particular match which will serve a treat for Fijian, Samoan, Tongan and other Pacific fans alike!," he added.
 
By Romeka Romena


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