Time’s Up For Rob

  A new manager will be in charge of the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in the second leg of the World Sevens Series later this month. This was after current
01 Jan 2017 11:11
Time’s Up For Rob
Ropate Kauvesi during the Olympics 7s celebration in Suva last year.


A new manager will be in charge of the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in the second leg of the World Sevens Series later this month.

This was after current manager Ropate ‘Rob’ Kauvesi finally stepped down from his position following the first leg of the series in Dubai and Cape Town last month.

“Yes, I have stepped down from my manager position,” Kauvesi confirmed yesterday.

In his tweet Kauvesi acknowledged former coach Ben Ryan, interim coach Naca Cawanibuka “Levu Vinaka @benjaminryan @cawnac_naca. Never a dull moment in our 7s Management Team. #forFijieverFiji.”

Former Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan replied “Ropate Kauvesi was simply an awesome manager and so integral to recent success.”

SouthBay Davui also took to twitter yesterday commending Kauvesi for the job well done.

“One of our favourites @kauvesi has been replaced as Fiji7s Manager. #levuvinaka for all that you have done for Fiji & Boys.”

Kauvesi, Cawanibuka (strength and conditioning coach) and Ryan (coach) formed a good team combination in the last three years.

Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed he would formalise everything soon.

“We have yet to have a formal discussion with Kauvesi but will formalise everything next week when new coach Gareth Baber comes in,” O’Connor said.


Baber in on Tuesday

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber arrives on Tuesday and will join the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in camp.

Baber told SUNsports he’s excited to meet up with the players in preparation for this 2016/2017 series.

“I will arrive on January 3.

“The players will be in camp and I will be happy to catch up,” Baber said.

The 7s team will march into camp on Tuesday in preparation for the next round of series in Wellington on January 28-29 and Sydney 7s on February 4-5.

Fiji is pooled alongside South Africa, Australia and Japan in Pool B in Wellington.

Fiji is currently third on the series standing with 32 points, South Africa in first place with 41 points and England in second place with 39 points.

Interim 7s coach Naca Cawanibuka will be  assisting Baber as strength and conditioning coach as the side aims to move up on the series.

As he earlier stated their main aim now is to defend their series title.

“At the moment we are number three so we will have to work on some areas from our previous tournament to make sure Fiji comes back to the top.

“It’s a team we like to perform and to be top of the chart,” Cawanibuka said.


Fiji at heart for winning Olympic coach Ben Ryan

Former Fiji 7s coach Ryan may have left the country but is still holding Fiji close to his heart.

This was after he tattooed the word ‘veilomani’ (love each other) on his forearm.

Ryan tweets “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay the people of Fiji for everything they did but if there is one takeaway it’s this.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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