Elia Canakaivata joined the Fijian Drua franchise this season after being a breakout star on the sevens arena. Elia started his rugby with Northland Rugby before switching to sevens. Canakaivata was part of the World Cup winning squad last year before switching to Super Rugby Pacific in 2023. The 27-year-old made his debut in Round 1 of the SRP against Moana Pasifika. He made 14 appearances for the Drua this season.