The team that will have its first participation in Super Rugby 2022, Fijian Drua, will be based in Australia next year due to difficulties to organize trips to the pacific islands during the pandemic, team leaders said Friday.
The Drua It’s one of the two new teams presented to the renewed competition Super Rugby Pacific for the next season, together with Moana Pasifika, which will be based in New Zealand.
Originally it was scheduled to play from premises at home in Suva, but President of Fiji Rugby, Conway Beg, said a decision was made “difficult but necessary” to switch to Australia next year.
“We need to give our team every opportunity for success and uncertainty around unrestricted travel between Fiji, Australia and New Zealand by February 2022 because COVID-19 was too great a risk,” he said.
Beg said the players and coaching staff were making a huge sacrifice by being away from home for the entire season, which runs from February to June. “But everyone realizes the great opportunity that Super Rugby Pacific presents for our players and for the future of our 15-year program, “he added. To clarify that it won’t be forever, Beg said the team still he hopes to play in Suva for the 2023 season.