Lote Tuqiri praises Fijian Drua

The former Wallabies winger Lote Tuqiri says the Fijian Drua's impressive start to life in the Australian National Rugby Championship is "just the tip of the iceberg".

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.

"I don't want to bag the game but the guys are throwing the ball around and it's really good to watch so there's a lot of talent over here that can be called upon to play both rugby codes".

Tuqiri, who played 67 tests for the Wallabies and retired from professional sport in 2014, after winning the NRL Premiership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, said the Drua team also have plenty to offer Australian rugby.

"Not to say Australia play mundane rugby but I think we can be robotic at times and not play what's in front of us," he said.

"I certainly think the Aussie players can learn a bit of that going forward - we've seen a lot of long-range tries from the Drua team, a few kicks in there and really just backing their ability.

"Australia don't lack ability but I think they might lack conviction to play what's in front of them so yeah they might offer them something".

The former Fiji and Australian rugby league international will lace up his boots on Saturday - his 38th birthday - in the curtain raiser to the Fijian Drua vs Spirit match at ANZ Stadium.

Tuqiri will join the likes of Radike Samo and Morgan Turinui in the Classic Wallabies team in a sevens exhibition match against a Fiji Legends side, captained by Waisale Serevi.


Photo: Fiji Rugby Union