Derenalagi says team ready

Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi in action against the Brumbies during the Super Rugby Pacific earlier this year. Picture: FILE

Swire Fijian Drua captain Ratu Meli Derenalagi says the side will have to lift its tempo if they were to successfully compete in the 2023 Super Rugby season.

Derenalagi, who has just returned from surgery for ACL injury, said every player had to prepare individually in the lead up to the 2023 competition.

“I’ve been training quite hard for a long time after getting back from surgery and for the team as well we are all focused on the task at hand,” he said.

“The boys are looking forward for the new season and with the six home games just announced, it’s quite exciting for us to play in our home crowd and I know it will require a huge effort if we want to win a home game.

“Playing in front of our families, the boys will need to lift their tempo up to another level.”

He said he was excited with the new players who had just signed, adding they would bring in a lot of weight towards the team’s preparation.

“In terms of leadership and experience in playing, sharing insights of what style of play that we should do but it all comes down to team performance.

“This season there will be more intense competition, the standard of playing will be lifted and we will need to cope with that.”

Derenalagi said that with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, the focus was on improving their standard of playing and to be injury free.

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