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White opens IRB course

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Former Springboks rugby coach Jake White told local coaches the importance of rugby education when he opened the two-day IRB Level Two coaching course
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Former Springboks rugby coach Jake White told local coaches the importance of rugby education when he opened the two-day IRB Level Two coaching course in Nadi yesterday.
White, who is in the country to assist both Samoa and Fiji, encouraged coaches to seek higher qualifications in coaching.
Fiji rugby development manager Semi Matalau said White was present during the opening of the course as part of his IRB visit to Fiji.
Matalau said the course is part of their goal to see Fiji reach the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.
He said the development unit has set its focus on the grassroots which would in return help them when the players come up to national level.
“Jake White did the opening and he told the coaches on the importance of education,” Matalau said.
“We are really on target for the top 4 for the 2011 World Cup. What we are doing is going down to club level so that it’s easier for the coaches when the players come up.
Nadi coach Iliesa Tanivula was among the coaches present at NZPTC in Nadi yesterday to attain their IRB Level Twp two certificates.
Former national fifteens technical advisor Greg Mumm conducted the course.
The coaches will go through a level two competency transcripts and a 12-hour plan for training sessions.
FRU development officer Osea Umuumulovo said qualified coaches would boost Fiji’s goal of a top 4 finish at the next world cup.
“We need people who can do the job that why we need to up skill these coaches who will be our foot soldiers for our vision of reaching the top 4 at the 2011 WC,” Umuumulovo said.
“We need to see that our coaches are qualified.”
Fiji Rugby’s criteria for national coaches are Level Two certification and the 25 coaches could see themselves at the national level in the future.
Meanwhile, the HPU referees have also had their clinics with Keith Hole to sharpen their knowledge for the Digicel Cup.



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