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Former 7s Star Winger Turns To Coaching

Former Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility back Nasoni Roko has been appointed as the new head coach of the South Darwin Women’s rugby team in Australia. Roko, a member of
02 Feb 2019 10:00
Former 7s Star Winger Turns To Coaching
From left; Sailosi Naiteqe Senior, Nasoni Roko and Niumaia Natoqi in Mareeba , Queensland on January 31,2019. Photo: Sailosi Naiteqe Senior

Former Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility back Nasoni Roko has been appointed as the new head coach of the South Darwin Women’s rugby team in Australia.

Roko, a member of the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens winning team starred for the South Dar­win men’s side in the re­cent Swamp Dog’s Rugby 10s before receiving his appointment.

The soft spoken veteran told the club’s website that he’s looking forward to coaching the women’s team this season.

The Serea, Naitasiri native started his rugby career with the Global Barbarians rugby club headed by the late coach Rupeni Ravonu and busi­nessman Rajesh Singh.

He then joined Waimanu and is one of the longest serving players for the Naitasiri Rugby team. During the height of his career, he played for Naitasiri as they hoisted the prestigious HFC Bank Farebrother Sullivan Trophy.

Roko also had a club contract in Malaysia with former Super Rugby cen­tre Sireli Naqelevuki.

Towards the twilight of his playing career, Roko teamed up with former Global Babaas team-mate Setefano Cakau and joined Namosi-based Tab­adamu Rugby as they set a record in winning the renowned Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament four years in a row.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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