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Saukuru In Shortlist For Bati Coach

Joe Saukuru is one of the four short-listed for the position of Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach. The Australian Fijian Rugby League (AFRL) and Canterbury Bulldogs Under-18 head coach, cur­rent
01 Feb 2019 10:00
Saukuru In Shortlist For Bati Coach
Joe Saukuru

Joe Saukuru is one of the four short-listed for the position of Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach.

The Australian Fijian Rugby League (AFRL) and Canterbury Bulldogs Under-18 head coach, cur­rent Bati head coach Matthew Ad­amson, Brandon Costin and former Bati head coach Shane Morris were interviewed for the position earlier this week.

Fiji National Rugby League chair­man Peni Musunamasi said; “Inter­view done and we are just following up on their references and Police clearance,” he said.

The announcement will be made at the Vodafone Cup launch next Wednesday.

FACTS ABOUT COSTLIN

Is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He initially played under the name Brandon Pearson.

He played for the Huddersfield Giants, Canberra Raiders, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Bradford Bulls and the United States national rug­by league team. His position was stand-off, although he often fea­tured at other positions including centre and loose-forward.

A Dubbo junior, Costin made his début for South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1993, before switching to West­ern Suburbs Magpies for the next season.

Costin spent four seasons with the Magpies. In 1994, he made eight appearances, but man­aged to score seven tries in the last five games of the year. His try-scoring form continued in the start on the 1995 season, scoring six in the first five games. Towards the end of the year he was moved from centre to five-eighth.

In 1996, Costin was a regular in the centres, playing in every game of the season. In the round 12 match against the Gold Coast Seagulls, Costin scored three tries in one match. That year the Magpies played semi-final football, but were knocked out in their first match.

Midway through the 1997 season, Costin made a late change to join Eastern Suburbs. He went on to play in two semi-finals with the Roosters that year, but did not play in the Preliminary Final that they lost.

After his retirement from profes­sional football, Costin played and coached with Souths Logan in Bris­bane. In 2010 he was coach of the Queensland Residents side.

Edited by Osea Bola

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