Fijian Drua

New Zealand Rugby announces Pacific teams to join Super Rugby

NZR chief executive Mark Robinson, NZR board member Sir Michael Jones, Moana Pasifika Steering Committee co-chair Pelenato Sakalia and Former All Black Sir Bryan George 'BeeGee' Williams announced the move at 2pm this afternoon.

Moana Pasifika is a combined Samoa and Tonga side and is likely to be based in South Auckland, while the Fiji side is set to be based in Suva.

Overconfidence costs Fijian Drua

The Drua remain in third place after the 24-17 defeat to Queensland Country in Lautoka at the weekend, their second loss in three games.

Senirusi Seruvakula said the crowd turned up in numbers and they had a lot of opportunities to win but made too many simple mistakes.

"It was a very disappointing result that we [did] not expect it," he said.

"The boys just played overconfident - there were a lot of indisciplined errors and 50/50 passes and that showed in the result.

"At the same time Queensland Country were prepared on the gameday."

Fijian Drua drop to 4th after heavy loss in Canberra

The Drua had arrived in the nation's capital top of the table after four rounds but the only categories they dominated on Friday night were turnovers conceded and missed tackles.

Vikings winger Andy Muirhead scored the opening try in the fourth minute of the match and from there the home side never relinquished their lead, running in ten tries to one.

Coach Tim Sampson admitted he was surprised at just how well it went.

"It's a dream, you certainly hope so," he said of the way the game played out.

Fijian Drua host Perth in top of the table clash

The defending champion Spirit are the competition's top try-scorers, have made the most attacking metres and clean breaks, beaten the most defenders and won the most turnovers.

Both teams are level on ten points with two wins from three games but the only stats the Fijians lead the competition in are yellow cards and penalties conceded.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the Drua are looking forward to playing in front of a big home crowd in Suva with a chance to go clear at the top of the table.

Lote Tuqiri praises Fijian Drua

The Drua are second on points differential after winning two of their first three matches and host reigning champions Perth Spirit in Suva tomorrow afternoon.

Fiji-born Tuqiri says World Rugby deserve praise for getting behind the Drua team.

"You've only just seen the tip of the iceberg - they've played three games, they've won two and the ones that they have won have been pretty convincing," he said.

"It's entertaining rugby, it's not your stock-standard like we get in Australia.

Biting citing sours Fiji team's Australian NRC debut

Fijian Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga will face a NRC judicial hearing on Tuesday night after allegedly biting his opposite number, Brisbane City skipper Andrew Ready, on the ear in a scrum.

Ready reported the incident to the on-field referee immediately during his team's 45-36 opening round win at Ballymore on Saturday.

"I'm lucky he was wearing a mouthguard otherwise he would have had the whole thing [ear]," Ready said later, sporting two stitches in his outer ear.