Sawailau remains calm, misses first clash

Filimone Seru wins a lineout during the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua team training session at Bidesi Grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

JONA Sawailau missed his chance to make the Fiji Drua team to play the Melbourne Rising in the opening round of the 2018 National Rugby Championship, but he is ready to support his teammates at Ratu Cakobau Park on Saturday.

But it has not affected the Naua, Namuka, Macuata player as he continues to support his brothers.

“The game is going to be a big task for the boys and all the players are excited for the match this weekend,” he said.

Sawailau, who is the utility back line player for Lautoka, was one of the two players selected from the Vodafone Vanua Championship.

“I was really surprised that I was called in to the team and I was really humbled to be around the senior players of the Drua team. “The team members are humbled and I am always excited when I am around them.

“This is a good step for the young players like me to look up to the senior players and learn from them and this is also a big boost for the players.

“Given the opportunity this is a great platform for our local players to showcase their talent to the world.”

The young lad who has maternal links to Naviyago in Lautoka was born in Campbelltown, Sydney, Australia before he moved back to Fiji.

Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula said all players had been doing well during training sessions especially Poasa Waqaibau, who came through the New Zealand rugby system and playing top rugby there.

“This is not new to him and Sawailau being in the Drua team, but unfortunately Sawailau needs more time.” Mosese Voka will captain the side.

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