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Fiji 15s Head Coach, Verne Cotter Ready To Assist Fijian Drua Head, Coach Mick Bryne

Flying Fijians head coach, Vern Cotter, is ready to assist newly appointed Fijian Drua head coach, Mick Bryne. Bryne has been given the task to lead the Drua when the
29 Sep 2021 11:45
Fiji 15s Head Coach, Verne Cotter Ready To Assist Fijian Drua Head, Coach Mick Bryne
Vern Cotter and Mick Bryne.

Flying Fijians head coach, Vern Cotter, is ready to assist newly appointed Fijian Drua head coach, Mick Bryne.

Bryne has been given the task to lead the Drua when the Super Rugby Pacific competition gets underway in February.

“I look forward to seeing this project develop and being able to help in any way with the exchange of ideas, with the objective of bringing players to national team honours,” Cotter told SUNsports.

“Mick has been involved in some of the best rugby teams in the world.”

“While he would have shared his knowledge and expertise, he will also have obtained a lot in return.”Cotter said this has given Byrne the experience and now is the opportunity for him to share this for the good of Fiji Rugby.”

“The key to success will be his ability to communicate this knowledge into performance with his players and assistant coaches.”

 

“This is through aligned culture, values and team play,” the former Scotland head coach remarked.”

Byrne, who was appointed on a two-year contract, said, last Friday, the Drua would face a challenging opening season, when they will be based in Australia.

But he said it was a chance to develop Fijian rugby.

“I’ve followed and admired the way Fijian teams play the game over the course of my coaching career,” the 62-year-old said.

“It’s a style of play that puts the joy of rugby at its core and I’m very excited to help our club showcase this to the world when the new Super Rugby season starts.”

The Drua are one of two new sides introduced to the revamped Super Rugby Pacific competition for next season, along with Moana Pasifika, which will be based in New Zealand.

 

 

Mt Smart for Moana
Meanwhile. Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium has been confirmed as the home ground for Moana Pasifika’s Super Rugby team.

Moana Pasifika has signed up to use the stadium from next year until 2028.

Moana Pasifika’s Tuifa’asisina Sir Bryan Williams said while the organisation is committed to basing itself in New Zealand for the foreseeable future, they also want to be playing in the Pacific Islands.

“As the competition evolves and subject to international borders being open, our intention is to play games in Samoa and Tonga and expand our presence across our Moana,” he told Radio New Zealand.”

“To grow the game in the Pacific, we need to inspire our young players from an early age.”

 

“They’ll see their heroes run out on the field in Moana Pasifika colours and believe that they can be just like them when they grow up.”

Sir Bryan believed being based at Mt Smart was appropriate .

“It’s not lost on us that Mt Smart/Rarotonga has been the home of the Warriors since 1995 when they too began their journey as a start-up franchise.”

“We know that our community of supporters know this venue well, and we know they will bring intense passion, colour and energy when they come out in numbers to support their team.”

 

Edited by Simione Haravanua
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