RATU, MUNTZ AND SAUVOLI ROUND OUT DRUA ROSTER

RATU, MUNTZ AND SAUVOLI ROUND OUT DRUA ROSTER

5 months ago

Team

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua today announced the final three players who complete the team’s 40-man roster for their historic first Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

Former Vatukoula outside back Kitione Ratu (Drua No. 38), Fiji Warriors and NRC Drua flyhalf Caleb Muntz (Drua No. 39) and Nadroga prop Timoci Sauvoli (No. 40) are now headed for Super Rugby alongside their 37 other squad members.

We warmly welcome our final three members after formalising all required contract negotiations and congratulate them for making it into the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad.

CEO

Brian Thorburn

He continued: "While this is the official announcement, I must emphasise that the players are already in the process of a thorough induction. Kitione Ratu and Caleb Muntz are already in camp and involved in active training while Timoci Sauvoli will join them soon from Fiji. The coaches and management staff in camp have a plan in place to assimilate them into the team environment properly.”

Drua no. 38 Kitione Ratu joins a group of talented outside backs in the squad. The 27-year-old is a former Tavua Under 20 rep and played for Vatukoula in Fiji’s domestic competition. He played for the Fiji Warriors in 2015-16, before moving to Australia where he has played in Victoria’s Dewar Shield competition for Box Hill and Unicorns. He finished as the Dewar Shield’s leading try and points scorer in 2017. Ratu has represented Melbourne Rising and Western Force in the NRC and has been part of the Rebels Super Rugby extended squad.

Drua no. 39 Caleb Muntz is no stranger to Fijian rugby fans, representing Fiji in various national assignments. The 23-year-old was part of the Fijian U20s, Fijian Warriors, the NRC Drua and the Fijian Latui in the Global Rapid Rugby competition. Muntz has also played for the Flying Fijians against the Barbarians.

Drua no. 40 Timoci Sauvoli is yet another homegrown prop making progressing through the local Fijian High Performance pathways. The 30-year-old loosehead prop played for Tailevu in the domestic competition in 2011-12 before moving to Nadroga. He has also played for Police in the Sukuna Bowl. Sauvoli’s representation honours include the Fijian Warriors, the NRC Drua and the Fijian Latui.

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua make their Super Rugby Pacific debut on Friday 18 February at CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, against the NSW Waratahs.