Draiba students’ treat: Drua and Rebels visit school

Students of Draiba Primary School enjoy a moment during the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua visit at the School yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Students of Draiba Primary School in Suva received a treat when they were visited by members of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and Melbourne Rebels side yesterday.

Members of the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua side also accompanied both teams to the event which was hosted by the Australian Embassy.

Fiji Rugby Union acting CEO Sale Sorovaki said he was happy to be part of the event where rugby fans got to meet some of their idols.

“It’s nice to see all the children here today just excited to be meeting members of the Fijian and Fijiana Drua,” he said.

According to Sale, visitation such as these had been part of overseas club programs when visiting another country.

“It’s something that is part of their program, just going around and giving encouragement to young children who one day decide to pursue rugby as a career.”

Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said they were surprised to see the reaction from the students in meeting a few players from the Rebels side.

“This goes to show how much these kids love rugby, it’s always been an honor to come here and play in Fiji and have visitations such as these,” he said.

The Rebels side last visited Fiji earlier this year for the pre-season match against the Fijian Drua in Nadi.

“We can feel the energy here today and we have always been looking forward to connecting with the local community.”

Stephenson said they are looking forward to their clash against the Fijian Drua today, and hoped the best for both sides.

“I think everyone can’t wait for the games to get started, but the boys have been preparing well and are also excited to jump onto the field.

“And with a few Fijians with our squad, we continue to keep a close and healthy relationship with Fiji through rugby.”

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