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The Fijian Drua have welcomed six additional squad members for its debut Super Rugby Pacific 2022 season. Joining the team are Olympic Gold Medallist and 7s star Kalione Nasoko, Flying Fijians and Nadroga prop Jone Koroiduadua, Namosi and former NRC Drua halfback Ratu Peni Matawalu, Flying Fijians and Naitasiri lock Chris Minimbi, Northland (NZ NPC) flanker and former Fiji U20 Captain Raikabula Momoedonu, and Namosi centre Kalaveti Ravouvou.

Fijian Drua Interim CEO Brian Thorburn said: “We’re delighted to introduce these six players today as part of our 2022 roster. The calibre of players in of this Wave Three Announcement reaffirms our commitment to play exciting, Fijian rugby right from the start of the season in 2022. Fans will notice that our final squad is beginning to take shape, and the vast majority of our squad of 37 will be announced by the end of next week.”

Headlining today’s announcement is Olympic Gold Medal-winning Fijian 7s star Kalione Nasoko. A centre in the 15s game, Nasoko plays for Yasawa in Fiji Rugby Skipper Cup. Wave Three also features players who have progressed through the domestic pathway, through Fijian U20s, the Fijian Warriors, the former NRC Drua and the Flying Fijians.

Thorburn stated: “Kalione Nasoko’s story is one of determination and sacrifice. He was playing a starring role for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team until an ACL injury in 2019 sidelined him for much of the year. He required surgery, was on six weeks rest and even needed crutches to move around. But he worked hard on his rehabilitation, recovery, and fitness to force his way back into the gold-medal winning team. Nasoko will bring his renowned line-break and offloading abilities as a centre to the Fijian Drua.”

Thorburn also spoke highly of the other five players who will be heading to Australia for pre-season training.

“Jone Koroiduadua is an exciting young prop, who was part of the Fijian Latui and made it to the Flying Fijians squad to the Autumn Nations Cup (ANC) last year. While there, he also caught the eyes of French Club Clermont and trialled for them. We’re very glad to be able to secure his services for the Fijian Drua to boost our prop stocks.”

“Ratu Peni Matawalu is a sharp halfback, always happy to snipe, and has a keen eye for the gap. He is another local star who has come up the ranks through the Fijian U20s, the Fijian Warriors and the former NRC Fijian Drua. He was also part of the 2020 Flying Fijians touring squad for the ANC.”

“Chris Minimbi is also a product of our domestic pathway through the Fijian U20s and the Fijian Warriors. He has a Flying Fijians cap to his name (2020 November tour) and has been impressive in the domestic Skipper Cup as a strong ball-carrying lock, which has earned him a call up to the Fijian Drua.”

“The story continues with flanker Raikabula Momoedonu. He has captained the Fijian U20s (2018) and has been part of the Fijian Warriors as well as the Fijian Latui teams. Momoedonu is currently making waves with Northland in New Zealand’s Bunnings NPC competition.”

“Finally, we’re very excited at the prospects of unleashing Namosi’s Kalaveti Ravouvou. He is a blockbusting centre who features often on the try scorers list.”

Thorburn acknowledged the work of Fiji Rugby’s talent identification and recruitment teams in building a quality squad for the Fijian Drua’s debut Super Rugby season. 16 squad members have now been announced, and a further 21 are expected to be unveiled by the end of next week.


 Name: Kalione Nasoko

Fijian Drua Number: 11

Age: 31 years 

Position: Center

Provincial Team: Yasawa 


Playing Record

  • 2016 – 2020: World Rugby Sevens Series – 142 Matches, 63 tries



  • 2017: Player of Final Hong Kong 7s
  • 2016/2017: World Rugby Sevens Series Dream Team
  • 2017/2018: World Rugby Sevens Series Dream Team
  • 2018: Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist
  • 2018: Medal of the Order of Fiji
  • 2021: Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist


World Rugby Sevens Highlights:



Name: Jone Koroiduadua

Fijian Drua Number: 12

Age: 24

Position: Tight Head Prop

Provincial Team: Nadroga Rugby


Playing Record

  • 2018: Nadroga Under-20
  • 2019/2021 Nadroga Senior Team
  • 2019: Fijian Drua
  • 2020: Flying Fijian November Tour


  • 2020 Won Farebrother Trophy Challenge against Suva



Name: Ratu Peni Matawalu

Fijian Drua Number: 13

Age: 24

Position: Halfback

Provincial Team: Namosi Rugby


Playing Record

  • 2016/2017 Fijian Under 20 [4 caps]
  • 2017/2019 Fijian Warriors [8 caps]
  • 2017/2019 Fijian Drua [8 caps]
  • 2019 Fijian Barbarians
  • 2020 Flying Fijians




  • 2018 National Rugby Championship Winner with Fijian Drua
  • 2018 Rugby Pacific Cup winner with Fijian Warriors
  • 2019 Flying Fijians World Cup extended squad
  • 2020 November Tour with Flying Fijians





 Name: Chris Minimbi

Fijian Drua Number: 14

Age: 21

Position: Lock

Provincial Team: Naitasiri

 Playing Record

  • 2019/2020: Fijian Under 20 [9 caps]
  • 2020: Fijian Warriors [3 caps]
  • 2020: Flying Fijians [1 cap]



  • 2020: Part of the Pacific Combine Team
  • 2020: Part of the Flying Fijians to ANC
  • 2021: Innk Farebrother Holder with Naitasiri




Name: Raikabula Momoedonu

Fijian Drua Number: 15

Age: 23

Position: Flanker

Team: Northland

 Playing Record

  • 2018 Fijian Under 20 [9 caps]
  • 2019 Fijian Warriors [2 caps]
  • 2019 Fijian Latui [4 caps]
  • 2020/2021 Northland NPC



  • 2018 Junior World Trophy Winner
  • 2019 Pacific Rugby Championship Winner




 Name: Kalaveti Ravouvou

Fijian Drua Number: 16

Age: 23

Position: Centre

Team: Namosi


Playing Record

  • 2016: Cuvu College Under 18 [Deans Trophy]
  • 2018: Nadroga Under 20
  • 2020: Namosi Rugby


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