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Justine Mannan suva Fiji Rugby Union’s (FRU) new chief executive officer, Radrodro Tabualevu plans to focus on the development of rugby and instil a winning culture. The Somosomo, Taveuni native
02 Aug 2014 08:37

Justine Mannan
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Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu at Rugby House in Suva yesterday .

Fiji Rugby Union’s (FRU) new chief executive officer, Radrodro Tabualevu plans to focus on the development of rugby and instil a winning culture.
The Somosomo, Taveuni native officially took over from acting CEO Dr Berlin Kafoa yesterday.
With the upcoming 2015 Rugby World Cup held in England, Tabualevu said he wanted to change the mindset of the nation that Fiji is not just a dot on the map.
“I start today (yesterday) and here on the buck stops here and one of the things I’d like to develop is a winning culture in Fiji,” he said.
“Too often people in Fiji tend to think that we are a small island country and therefore we cannot give the big boys a run. I’d like to be a part of that change and mindset that in the not too distant future we will host the Webb Ellis Trophy at Rugby House.”
He hopes to achieve the goal through improving the resources at Rugby House.
“It’s a challenge that I’m sure is achievable. We have demonstrated it in the shorter version of the code and my theory is that sevens rugby can achieve what they have because the resources are well within our range,” he said.
“So if that theory holds and we are to achieve more then we have got to improve our resources. One of the things I will be working towards is the financial stability not only at Rugby House but also of the Unions.”
Coming from a sporting background, Radrodro’s main motivation for taking up the position was to push his ideas on character development of the men and women through sports.
“I’ve always been in rugby and the turning point for me was the game between England and South Africa in 2003. I’m amazed seeing the courage of the young men on the field that day for England,” he said.
“The conclusion that I gathered was that if you want to see the character of a nation, watch its sporting teams. And I thought if I could have an input in the development on the character of our men and women I’ll be happy and rugby is a good platform to push these ideas.”
Tabualevu comes from a family of five with his two brothers – Inoke Jnr and Sairusi Tabualevu – both having represented Fiji in rugby.
His late father Inoke Tabualevu was one of the most famous names in rugby, including coaching the Fijian team which beat the British Lions in 1977.
He said growing up with rugby being the main sport that his family enjoyed, he could show the world what Fiji had to offer.
“I grew up in a rugby family, always enjoyed the team dynamics of rugby with 15 people coming together in different shapes and sizes,”he said.
“I’m known as an internal optimist and Fiji has a lot to offer the world and rugby is a good platform to showcase that, if we were to bulk up and get our weight up we will be able to deliver what we have to the world.”
With three years to carry out his plans for rugby in Fiji, Tabualevu said that they needed to work hard.
“At the very least we can establish the platform in the general direction, because three years just indicates that we need to work hard because there is a lot to be done.”
Tabualevu’s first meeting will be with the rugby unions today at the ANZ Stadium corporate box.
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