Fijian Drua appoint Nemani Nagusa as captain ahead of Super Rugby Pacific

Nemani Nagusa has played 18 times for Fiji
Nemani Nagusa has played 18 times for Fiji

Fijian Drua have appointed Nemani Nagusa as the captain for the inaugural edition of the Super Rugby Pacific.

Nagusa started his rugby career with New Zealand's Tasman in 2014 before making a switch to French club Aurillac in 2017 where he represented them in Pro D2.

The 33-year-old also had represented Newcastle Falcons and had led Fiji 7s and Fiji Warriors sides in the past.

Nagusa made his Test debut with Fiji in November 2012 and had gone on to represent them on 18 occasions with his last appearance coming in July 2019.

“Nemani is a real leader and showed this from the start," said Byrne to the club's official website.

"We have all been working hard to prepare for our inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign and he has led the way for many of us, myself included. He has been representing the team to the Coaching staff out of his own initiative and eagerness.

“Nemani commands the respect of the players, coaching staff and Club management. I’m very proud to have him as my right hand man and leader; he deserves this honour of being the first ever Captain of our Drua.”

Nagusa is thrilled with the opportunity of leading Drua as they look to make a mark in the inaugural edition of Super Rugby Pacific.

“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 side from Fiji. It’s a huge honour. I am grateful to God and to my family for their unyielding support throughout my rugby career.”

“When Coach first named me, I was a bit emotional. I just used to dream as a young kid of representing Fiji but never dreamt of leading a Super Rugby side from Fiji.”

“I’m just happy; it’s a privilege to be part of the journey with the guys. We’re the youngest side in this competition experience-wise, but we believe in ourselves, we believe in our team, and we’ll do great things.”