Fiji and Australia’s shared passion for sports was celebrated this afternoon at a special event hosted by the Australian High Commissioner in Suva.
The Australian High Commissioner hosted the Fijian DRUA and Fijiana DRUA teams.
Both DRUA teams have started their 2024 seasons in the Super W and Super Rugby Pacific competitions, through a new sponsorship deal renewed under the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program.
Students of LDS College who are part of the TeamUp_Program’s “Get into Rugby PLUS initiative,” which is also supported by the Australian Government, were also part of the event.
The Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka was a special guest at the event.
PM Rabuka encouraged our DRUA players to do their best in their upcoming matches.
“Never give up, set your goals and work towards it,” he remarked.
“I am sure you have your own stories to tell of how far you have come in life, and I thank you all for representing Fiji well on the rugby field.”
PM Rabuka also commended the students of LDS High School for their interest in sports, encouraging them to develop their passion.
At the same time, he acknowledged Australia’s ongoing support towards the development of rugby at all levels in Fiji.
“Through our Vuvale Partnership, we will continue to work together and strengthen our partnership in areas of mutual interest.”
In October 2023, the renewed sponsorship deal for the DRUA Teams was launched by PM Rabuka and Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, and International Development and the Pacific, Hon. Pat Conroy.