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Fijian Drua name 19-year-old to start at 10 against Hurricanes

By Ned Lester
Isikeli Rabitu of the Fijian Drua. Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images

The Drua host the undefeated Hurricanes in a round nine matchup that promises plenty of action, given the two sides boast the most and second most defenders beaten in Super Rugby Pacific 2024.

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The Drua themselves are undefeated at home this season but will host the contest in Suva instead of their familiar Lautoka home ground.

Lock Isoa Nasilasila will make his anticipated return, being named in the No. 4 jersey along with Leone Rotuisolia in the second row.

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Meli Derenalagi has been named on the bench for the contest, making way for Elia Canakaivata at No. 8. Hooker Tevita Ikanivere assumes the captaincy.

Impressive 20-year-old first five-eighth Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula gets a rest this week, meaning a first Super Rugby start for the even younger Isikeli Rabitu.

Simi Kurovoli dons the No. 9 jersey as Frank Lomani serves his suspension.

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Fijian Drua team to face Hurricanes

1.         Haereiti Hetet
2.         Tevita Ikanivere (c)
3.         Mesake Doge
4.         Isoa Nasilasila
5.         Leone Rotuisolia
6.         Vilive Miramira
7.         Kitione Salawa
8.         Elia Canakaivata
9.         Simi Kuruvoli
10.       Isikeli Rabitu
11.       Epeli Momo
12.       Kemu Valetini
13.       Iosefo Masi
14.       Selestino Ravutaumada
15.       Ilaisa Droasese

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Reserves

16.       Zuriel Togiatama
17.       Livai Natave
18.       Samu Tawake
19.       Mesake Vocevoce
20.       Meli Derenalagi
21.       Peni Matawalu
22.      Michael Naitokani
23.       Junior Ratuva

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