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Ex stars for Fijian 7s coaching job? 

Rugby House confirms 30 applications, majority from overseas coaches. 
07 Dec 2021 12:38
Ex stars for Fijian 7s coaching job? 
Tomasi Cama Junior is currently the New Zealand 7s assistant coach and has worked with top coaches like Sir Gordon Tietjens and Clark Laidlaw.

Two former national rugby 7s captain and a former New Zealand 7s star playmaker are believed to have applied for the head coach position of the Fiji Airways Fijian men’s rugby 7s team.

A reliable source told SUNsports that Osea Kolinisau had been interviewed last week Monday.

It is understood that Australian-based coach Setefano Cakau and Tomasi Cama Junior had also applied for the job.

 

Cama is the New Zealand 7s assistant coach to the HSBC World Sevens Series, 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup and the Olympic Games.

He has worked with experienced 7s coaches like Sir Gordon Tietjens and Clark Laidlaw.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor last week disclosed that of the 30 applicants for the national sevens coach only two of them were local applicants.

 

“We have received 30 applications, majority are from overseas. I can confirm that only two are from Fiji,” O’Connor said.

“This is by far the most number of overseas applicants we have received for the national sevens coach position,” he said.

“While we are yet to sort the applications; their names indicate the calibre and experience they have.

 

“Winning back-to-back Olympic sevens gold have definitely attracted outstanding and reputable applicants. Ben Ryan and Gareth Baber have set the bar, those applying are well aware of this.”

Already, among the applicants is sevens maestro Waisale Serevi and it is speculated that one of the local-based coaches who have applied is Saiasi Fuli.

It is believed that former England 7s captain Ben Gollins and Australian 7s coach Tim Walsh have declared their interest as well.

 

Despite reaching the Cup final of the Dubai Sevens last weekend, the Australian media speculated that it would not be enough for Walsh to keep his job with Rugby Australia.

This was after their poor performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

However, Walsh coached the Australian women’s sevens team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

 

Also, it is not known whether the vacancy could force 65-year-old Sir Gordon Tietjens out of retirement.

On an interesting note, former Wales 7s coach Paul John should be considered a top contender if he is interested.

John coached Wales to win the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup and replaced Baber at the Hong Kong Rugby Union, when he was appointed the Fijian 7s coach in 2016.

 

While coaching Hong Kong men’s sevens team, John had brought them to Fiji to play in the Coral Coast Sevens tournament at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

Also, they had several scrimmage sessions with the Fijian 7s team to help Baber prepare them for the series and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

 

Feedbacksimione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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