Fijiana Drua Rubuti takes a lead role

Joma Rubuti looks for support during the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua team training session at Bidesi grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua forward Joma Rubuti says debutants in the squad will need more game time and experience to get use to the level of competition in Super Rugby.

The 25-year-old was part of the Fijiana Drua side that shocked women’s rugby by winning the Super W title in their debut season, after cruising through without a single loss.

For the Kadavu lass, consistency and hard work have been key factors throughout her life in her journey to competitive rugby.

“This is something I always try to talk to the new players about whenever I get the chance.

“As a senior player of the squad, it is my duty to make sure I help them become the best version of themselves,” she said.

After a slow start to the 2023 Suncorp Super W season with a 12-7 win over the Brumbies in Nadi, Rubuti says there are several things the team needs to work on.

“I think we need to work on our forwards because we were tested during the scrums against the Brumbies.”

Rubuti also shared that acting as a role model to the new players of the Fijiana Drua can be stressful.

“It’s not easy, we need to be setting examples to the new players on and off the field.

“However, the new girls have been performing well so far during training, and things are looking brighter as we move into the competition.”

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