Fijian Drua Announces Inaugural Super Rugby Pacific Captain

The Fijian Drua have announced Fiji international Nemani Nagusa as their captain for the franchise’s first-ever season in Super Rugby Pacific.

Nagusa was confirmed as captain of the Drua on Friday and the veteran No. 8 brings a wealth of experience to the role.

At 33, Nagusa has 18 test caps to his name, having made his international debut for Fiji against Georgia in 2012, with his most recent test appearance against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua three years ago.

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At the domestic level, Nagusa played in England for Premiership side Newcastle, as well as second-tier French club Aurillac and New Zealand’s province of Tasman.

Nagusa is no stranger to leadership roles as he has captained both the Fijian sevens team and the Fiji Warriors side on numerous occasions.

In a statement released Friday, Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne said Nagusa’s work ethic, leadership qualities and attitude made him an ideal candidate to lead the Drua in their first Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

“Nemani is a true leader and has shown this from the start,” said Bryne.

“We have all worked hard to prepare for our inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign and he has led the way for many of us, myself included. He represents the team to the technical staff out of his own initiative and eagerness.

“Nemani commands the respect of the players, the coaching staff and the club management. I am very proud to have him as my right-hand man and leader; he deserves this honor of being the very first captain of our Drua.”

Nagusa added that he was humbled by his appointment as captain, which he described as “a tremendous honour”.

“I would like to thank the coaches and management for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead this talented young group of men and the first-ever Super Rugby squad from Fiji,” he said.

“It’s a huge honour. I am grateful to God and my family for their continued support throughout my rugby career.

“When the coach first mentioned me I was a bit emotional. As a young child I just dreamed of representing Fiji, but I never dreamed of leading a Super Rugby team from Fiji.”

Fijian Drua chief executive Brian Thorburn offered his congratulations to Nagusa as he labeled his appointment as captain of the franchise as “one of the greatest and most exciting developments in our very short history”.

“Our ship, or rather, our Drua now has its first ever captain. We have every confidence in Nemani and Mick as they lead our team into our inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign,” said Thorburn.

The Fijian Drua, who joins Moana Pasifika as the two new expansion franchises in Super Rugby Pacific this season, will begin his campaign against the Waratahs at the CommBank Stadium in Parramatta on February 18.

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