The Swire Transport Fijian Drua yesterday acknowledged that former Fiji 7s playmaker Napolioni Bolaca had a pre-existing knee situation of a few years when he was contracted to the Fiji Rugby Union after which subsequently seconded to the Fijian Drua in November 2021.
In a press assertion, the membership mentioned Bolaca’s secondment to the Drua was cancelled on Could 5, 2022, for non-medical associated causes.
“It should be famous that the Drua continued to pay Bolaca for a time frame afterwards. Following his secondment being terminated, Bolaca joined the Fijian 7s program below an FRU contract,” the tremendous rugby membership mentioned.
“To be clear, the knee-condition remained presently.”
The Fijian Drua highlighted that there have been different gamers signed to the membership who additionally had pre-existing circumstances and have been monitored fastidiously, managed conservatively and when acceptable, main surgical procedure adopted.
“Napolioni was handled precisely the identical method. The Fijian Drua funded all medical and journey bills for gamers that required in-season and post-season surgical procedure.
“The Fijian Drua had numerous gamers who joined the squad with pre-existing medical circumstances and so they have all returned to play efficiently after surgical procedure and related rehabilitation.
“If Napolioni’s conduct had been acceptable, he would have remained a member of the squad and would have been handled in precisely the identical method as the opposite gamers in comparable circumstances,” mentioned the Fijian Drua.
The Fiji Instances yesterday reported that Fiji Rugby Union government chairman Humphrey Tawake acknowledged that they have been working with Fijian Drua to search out out what really occurred to the 2021 Olympic Video games gold medallist to help him to get again into the sport.
The plight of Bolaca got here to gentle when Meli Nauluvula hosted a GoFundMe web page to lift funds for Napolioni’s medical process.
Bolaca wants near $41,000 for specialised surgical procedure in New Zealand for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage which has taken him out of aggressive rugby for greater than 10 months.