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Lou Is Nadi Coach

I aim to follow into those foot­steps of my uncle the late Jo Sovau who coached Fiji at the RWC. He inspired me
02 Mar 2019 10:00
Lou Is Nadi Coach
From left; New Nadi Rugby head coach Ponijese Lou and executive Jeff Tamata in Nadi on March 1,2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ponijese Lou is the new Nadi Rugby Union senior head coach for the 2019 season.

The 2018 winning Nadi Under-20 coach takes over from Savenaca Aria and Vuata Naresia.

He is also the nephew of former Nadi and Fiji XVs coach to the 1987 Rugby World Cup, the late Ratu Jo­sateki Sovau.

Lou, 42, who has maternal links to Saunaka said that there is a lot to be achieved since Nadi Rugby has a unique set-up.

“It’s an honour and privilege for me as it comes with a challenge. “Last year we were on sixth spot and this year we aim to be in the top four.

“We will focus on our own club players. With sponsorship, prepa­ration and system in place we think it will work.

Lou completed a World Rugby level three coaching certificate last year. He coached the winning Nadi U20 team in the 2018 Skipper Cup Premiership.

“I aim to follow into those foot­steps of my uncle the late Jo Sovau who coached Fiji at the RWC. He inspired me,” he said.

His other uncles include Ratu Jona Rayasi, Ratu Peniasi Varo and Ratu Ponijese Lou who coached the Saunaka 7s in the 80s.

His cousin and former Nadi and Pacific Islanders hooker Joeli Lo­tawa also coached Nadi in 2010.

He was part of the RKS team win­ning the 2015 Deans Trophy where they beat Lelean Memorial School 8-5 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

NRU chairman Sekove Tuilakeba said that Lou is the right man for the job.

Edited by Osea Bola

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