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Champion Fijiana Drua future uncertain

Super W champions Fijiana Drua are yet to know if they will feature in the competition next year.

The Drua made the cut after a deal was struck between the governments of Fiji and Australia under the Vuvale Partnership.

For now, talks have started between Fiji Rugby Union and Rugby Australia to decide on the future of the Drua women.

The team made headlines and had the rugby world talking about their style of free-running rugby.

“Talks were progressing well,” said the chief executive officer of Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) John O’Connor.

O’Connor said FRU, Rugby Australia, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs were moving ahead to confirm final details.

“In terms of Super W competition, we haven’t confirmed our participation,” he said.

Fijiana Drua won the Super W in their maiden year. They are yet to know if they will feature in the competition next year. Picture: Fiji Rugby Union.

“We were invited this year and are currently in discussions with Rugby Australia in terms of confirmation of our participation.”

O’Connor added the FRU had a meeting with Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan in Fiji a fortnight ago, and another meeting is scheduled later this month.

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“FRU remains grateful for the continued support and assistance of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Pacific AusSports programme, which makes the Fijiana Drua’s Super W participation possible,” he said.

“All the stakeholders remain committed to the Fijiana Drua and are buoyed by the platform that the team had set for the continued growth and development of women in the sport in Fiji.

Fijiana Drua celebrate winning the Super W. They are yet to know if they will feature in the competition next year. Picture: Fiji Rugby

“It provides a clear pathway for young girls and women to progress from FRU’s domestic competitions to the Super W and ultimately onto Fijiana honours.”

He said the FRU values its relationship with its Australian counterparts and is hopeful of a positive outcome.

The Fijiana Drua had sailed unscathed in their maiden voyage and created history after remaining unbeaten from Matchday One.

Fijiana Drua beat a Wallaroo-laden Waratahs 32-26 in the grand finale at AAMI Park in Australia more than a month ago.

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