Cawanibuka joins Drua

Naca Cawanibuka is the head of athletic performance of the Fijian Drua. Picture: SPORTS360

The new head of athletic performance Nacanieli Cawanibuka says to compete with the best in professional rugby and work with the some of the best coaches, management and players in the sport, is the dream of a lifetime for any Fijian. His work ethic, discipline and commitment are world-class.

Naca has worked tirelessly over the years to lead strength and conditioning for our 7s programs, which has resulted in two Olympics gold medal wins and numerous World Sevens Series titles.

His credentials are globally recognised and he is a wonderful addition to Fiji’s first professional Super Rugby club.

“It is truly humbling to be part of the maiden Fijian Drua voyage,” he said.

“This is the beginning of a new era for Fijian rugby – a major milestone that has taken a quarter of a century to materialise.

“It is a privilege to be called to be part of the journey and entrusted with the role.

“It is rewarding personally for me to see players coming through our various domestic pathways and witnessing Fijians returning home to be part of the squad,” he said.

“This is the culmination of the efforts of so many people over the years and it is important we acknowledge their labour and contribution.

“I can’t wait to work with a world-class coaching group headed by Mick Byrne, a strong management team and an amazing group of talented Fijian players.

“These players will lay hand on the oars of the Drua, to set sail through the oceans of new opportunities and challenges to create a rugby legacy for our fellow Fijians.”

Interim chief executive officer Brian Thorburn welcomed Cawanibuka who really is Fiji’s foremost strength and conditioning coach as he joins the Fijian Drua team.

The Fijian Drua will announce further coaching appointments in the coming weeks.

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