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Editorial: Reshuffles, New Roles As Rugby Plots Way Forward

The year 2018 will go down as a good year for Fijian rugby. Definitely we could have achieved more, but our attainments over 12 months are something that we should
16 Dec 2018 14:13
Editorial: Reshuffles, New Roles As Rugby Plots Way Forward
Saiasi Fuli.

The year 2018 will go down as a good year for Fijian rugby.

Definitely we could have achieved more, but our attainments over 12 months are something that we should all be proud of.

We scored a few firsts:

  • The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians first win over France during the November internationals;
  • Fiji ranked 8th for the first time by World Rugby;
  • Fiji Airways Fijian Drua winning the Australian National Rugby Championship for the first time.

While we applaud the players for always flying our national flag with pride, the wins could not have been achieved without proper planning and commitment.

And for this we thank the team at Fiji Rugby Union for making it happen.

Already they are at work and we should be looking forward to an exciting new rugby season with the announcement of key coaching appointments and in the High Performance Programme field.

  • Former national halfback Saiasi Fuli is in charge of the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team after a stint as assistant coach for the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua. He takes over from Ro Alifereti Doviverata.

He will be assisted by new Strength and Conditioning coach Eroni Sotutu, who joins FRU from High Performance Sport New Zealand;

  • Ian Gibbons will assist Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber as Strength and Conditioning (S & C) coach. Gibbons has a wealth of experience having previously held roles across the United Kingdom with Saracens and Scorpions (rugby league).
  • Naca Cawanibuka will be in charge and tasked to develop the strength and conditioning programme for provincial, schools and clubs;
  • Doviverata is Fiji Airways Fijiana XV head coach and has been tasked to continue with the talent development programme in lead up to qualification for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team failed to win the 2017-18 World Sevens Series, Rugby Sevens World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. But we managed to capture the Cape Town Sevens in the first cluster of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series last week. We hope the new team of Baber, Gibbons and skipper Kalione Nasoko will bring more good tidings in 2019.

The Fijiana 7s team needs to break barriers to make an impression and the onus is on Fuli and Sotutu to make it happen.

Our players and coaches continue to benefit from the FRU development pathways.

With our inclusion in the Global Rapid Rugby competition in 2019, fans can look forward to another exciting season.  We must continue to thank all those who make it happen.

Osea Bola

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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