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2 Quit In Naitasiri Row

Naitasiri head coach Koli Se­wabu has resigned. He in­formed the Naitasiri Rugby Union executive committee on Friday night. Along with Sewabu, NRU secretary Nimilote Naisoro­tabua has also stepped down while
18 Mar 2018 11:00
2 Quit In Naitasiri Row

Naitasiri head coach Koli Se­wabu has resigned. He in­formed the Naitasiri Rugby Union executive committee on Friday night. Along with Sewabu, NRU secretary Nimilote Naisoro­tabua has also stepped down while strength and conditioning coach Vili Turagavou who was to join the union has withdrawn.

It is understood that the two had resigned because they were upset by the changes introduced by new chairman Aseri Radrodro.

When approached yesterday NRU chairman, Radrodro, a SODELPA member of the Parliament con­firmed the resignations.

“The resignation of the head coach is something that we’ve just been informed this morning,” he said.

“He communicated to us via email. We will have to ask that we meet him to discuss further. Mr Koli Sewabu has made valu­able contributions to the Naitasiri Rugby Union. We are all very grate­ful for all his commitments. Our secretary Nimilote Naisorotabua indicated he was resigning due to pressing work commitments. Like­wise we are very grateful for all he had contributed to the team.”

Radrodro said his appointment as chairman of NRU had just started.

“I’m aware of the responsibility I have been entrusted with. The Naitasiri rugby team has not won any major tournaments now for the last ix years. That’s a long time for a winning team.”

Radrodro said he acknowledges the mammoth task ahead of them.

“What we have planned is to bring in a winning team. It requires that we review some of our past prac­tices. For example, we have now held tens competitions around the province in Lutu, Waidina, Waini­mala and the South was held at St Joseph Primary School. We are able to select young men from the province who may have been ham­pered in the past from attending trials, due to bus fare issues and so on. We are taking the rugby trials to them now.”

Radrodro said the NRU commit­tee has had to fight allegations of favouritism in picking of players to make the Naitasiri team in the past.

“That’s why I have now asked the team that we only chose players that attend the trials or unless they are currently playing in the nation­al team.

“One other major target for us is to assist develop the game of rugby and assist identify potential young men from the province that can go on to become professional rugby players.

“Rugby is now an alternative ca­reer and we must be able to capi­talise on this as a province. In the past, a lot of players playing for Naitasiri were not from the prov­ince. Whilst we appreciate their contributions to the team and to our province, we would like to see that our own young people are also given a chance to be developed.”

Radrodro said the targets are to have Naitasiri players don the na­tional jumper either in the sevens or fifteens code.

“Right now that’s not really hap­pening. So I personally understand that some of the expectations our committee will demand as we make changes to achieve goals will not be easily accepted.

“Change is always hard to accept initially. But for me, I do not wish to get involved in personality clashes. If there are some, I will ask that people come to the table and dis­cuss issues and iron them out pro­fessionally.”

Lastly, Radrodro says, FRU is now investing funds into all unions and they must ensure to meet compli­ance and be a professional outfit.

“Player databases have to be de­veloped. Other crucial parts of run­ning a professional entity have to be met which means all executives, trainers and committee members have their jobs cut out for them. “That also includes mine. I wish to be part of the solution to the disap­pointing trend in the province so far. Not be part of the problem,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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