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Fijian Drua 2022


Michael Lynagh (62)
I reckon WOBs idea of Griffith Uni might be good (if they got facilities), we have to remember it's only for a year or so, can't see anyone wanting to spend money.


Paul McLean (56)
Staff member
There's not much at the Logan campus. If Griffith were to be involved then GC or Nathan. There are two fields at Nathan just off Kessels Rd, one is an AFL field and the other a multipurpose rectangular field.


Michael Lynagh (62)
They only based in Brisbane for first year aren't they? So will be somewhere with facilities already up and going I assume.


Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
No directly related to the Drua, but they could benefit.

Fiji Rugby have opted not to take any southern hemisphere players or coaches on their NH tour, due to fears of them getting home. It means they've had to scramble together a whole new coaching team led by Gareth Baber.

The Flying Fijians 2021 Northern Hemisphere Coaching and Management Team is:

Gareth Baber Head Coach
Duncan Hodge Assistant Coach
Rory Best Assistant Coach
Richie Gray Assistant Coach
Dan Baugh Lead S&C
Thomas McArdle S&C
Matt Lee Physio
Brian Downey Physio
Osian Griffiths Assistant Physio
Matt Johnston Lead Analyst
Josh Vuto Remote Analyst
Clive Monkley Doctor
Chris Thomson Manager
Alifereti Vakacokovanua Assistant Manager

Flying Fijians 28-member squad:

Loose Head Prop

Peni Ravai
Eroni Mawi

Samuel Matavesi
Peniami Narisia

Tight Head Prop
Luke Tagi
Mesake Doge
Leeroy Atalifo

Tevita Ratuva
Temo Mayanavanua
Albert Tuisue
Leone Nakarawa

Peceli Yato
Johnny Dyer

Masivesi Dakuwaqa *
Mesulame Kunavula
Bill Mata

Frank Lomani
Nikola Matawalu

Ben Volavola

Vilimoni Botitu *

Levani Botia
Eneriko Buliruarua

Waisea Nayacalevu
Josua Tuisova

Eroni Sau
Aminiasi Tuimaba *
Jiuta Wainiqolo *

Seta Tuicuvu

Key: * is for the debutants

Flying Fijians Test Matches:
7th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Spain
Venue: Estadio Central UC, Madrid
Kick Off: 2am

15th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Wales
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick Off: 4.15am

20th November 2021
Test Match: Flying Fijians V Georgia
Venue: TBC
Kick Off: TBC

Perhaps it means the Fiji Drua gets more time training together (not sure if they would have had any internationals touring) and perhaps some access to their international coaches, if needed.