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Potter Steps Down As Bati Coach

  Mick Potter has stood down as the Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach after guiding them to a historic win over New Zealand and a third consecutive World Cup semifinal
14 Apr 2018 10:39
Potter Steps Down As Bati Coach
Potter has recommended Wes Naiqama to replace him. Photo: Zimbio

 

Mick Potter has stood down as the Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach after guiding them to a historic win over New Zealand and a third consecutive World Cup semifinal berth.

Potter, who is assistant coach at the Newcastle Knights, tendered his resignation to the Fiji National Rugby League today enable officials to begin planning for the 2021 World Cup in England.

When contacted last night FNRL board chairman, Filimoni Vosarogo said Potter has notified them and they are grateful for his services.

The former Catalans, St Helens, Bradford and Wests Tigers mentor nominated World Cup assistant coach Wes Naiqama as a potential successor.

Potter’s decision is unrelated to the fallout over payments from World Cup payments for the Bati players, which has led to threats of a boycott of future Tests and demand for changes at board and management level of the FNRL.

‘’I had four years in the role and I want to be able to spend more time with my family and more time with the Knights,’’ Potter told NRL.com.

‘’I thought we had a bit of success with the squad and the players really excelled given that we weren’t really at full strength at the World Cup with a few guys out through injury and having surgeries. We probably over-achieved, I thought.”

Under Potter, the Bati thumped Italy, United States and Wales before stunning the Kiwis 4-2 in the quarter-final in Wellington. It was the first time that Fiji had beaten a Tier One nation.

The Bati, who lost Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tariq Sims and Daniel Safiti before the World Cup and Kane Evans and Korbin Sims during the tournament, were eliminated by Australia in the semifinal.

Potter said Naiqama, whose brother Kevin was the Bati captain at the World Cup, was ready to step into the coaching role.

“Wes did a good job during the World Cup,’’ Potter said.

‘’He might be a good option to continue on in the role but that is not for me to decide.’’

Edited by  Grace  Narayan

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