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  Newly appointed Fiji Rugby Union general manager Geoff Webster believes every Fijian player who has the ability to play rugby must be given a fair chance. The 47-year-old Australian
11 Dec 2016 12:09
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Geoff Webster at the Fiji Rugby Union special general meeting at the Fiji Corrections Service Bure in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

 

Newly appointed Fiji Rugby Union general manager Geoff Webster believes every Fijian player who has the ability to play rugby must be given a fair chance.

The 47-year-old Australian replaces Tony Thorpe and started at Rugby House last week.

“My first task is to learn how Fijians do things and not to make too many changes,” Webster said.

“It will be easy for someone to come in and say we do this.

“My first goal is to try and understand the vanua and the Fijian culture.”

Webster will also be working closely with the provincial unions to meet their needs and wants and develop talents.

“The big goal for me is for every Fijian who wants to play rugby to be given the chance

“Not every kid in Fiji who wants to play gets a chance, maybe the structure and resources are not there, so I will work closely with the provinces to tap into the huge talents in Fiji.

“I was talking to some provincial team leaders and the first things they are looking at are resources and tools that can make their life easier which is part of my job.”

Webster is married with three children and holds a Level Three coaching certificate. He has coached teams from the Under-6 to U21 grades, coached professionally for eight years and was involved with high performance sport.

Prior to taking up the role, Webster was involved in a managerial position with Athlete’s Foot Australia,  which operates online and through 138 stores – the largest retailer of athletic footwear in Australia.

“I’m going to try and use all the business skills for the betterment of Fijian rugby,” he said.

Webster will also be working closely with the Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber and Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee to achieve their respective goals.

“I would love to understand what is happening locally, understand who is who and then start driving hard for the Flying Fijians to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Next year is a very big year since it’s the qualification year.

“I will try and work with Gareth to make sure we get a back-to-back World Sevens Series win again.”

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor welcomes Webster.

“He comes in with a lot of experience from top level rugby with a lot of background in leadership,” O’Connor said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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