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Koli Sewabu Gets Regional Rugby Job

The former Fiji Rugby Union national devel­opment manager’s new role looks at potential women’s rugby pathways through the Oceania Women’s Championship while working close­ly with Rugby Australia and World Rugby on women combined programmes.
27 Dec 2021 17:15
Koli Sewabu Gets Regional Rugby Job
Koli Sewabu

Koli Sewabu is the first Fijian to be the International Partnership Officer for Oceania Rugby, based in Sydney, Aus­tralia.

His new role will see him working closely with Rugby Australia (RA) on all PacificAus Sports Programme (rugby) and Sport for De­velopment programmes to the Pacific.

The Pacific countries include Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the rest of the Oceania member unions.

He takes up his new office next month.

Sewabu yesterday indicated that he was shortlisted for the Fijian Drua Chief Execu­tive Officer position but was not considered and was in the run for the Fiji National Sports Commission CEO position when this offer came.

“This is a three year consultancy contract,” Sewabu said.

The former Fiji Rugby Union national devel­opment manager’s new role looks at potential women’s rugby pathways through the Oceania Women’s Championship while working close­ly with Rugby Australia and World Rugby on women combined programmes.

“It includes looking at high performance professional development opportunities for Pacific teams. This includes coaching, match officiating, strength & conditioning (S&C), managing teams, performance analysts and potential contracts for women and men,” he said.

“The role also assists the Oceania competi­tion manager for the Oceania Men’s Under-20 programme and looking at potential pathways to elevate performance for Fiji, Samoa & Ton­ga through their Junior World Championship and Junior World Trophy inclusion.

“As a WR coach trainer and starting a master trainer journey, the secondary focus is to as­sist member unions where possible in building their Training & Education (T&E) portfolio.

“This includes courses and accreditations of coaches, match officials, S&C, medical and oth­er courses in the World Rugby T&E portfolio.”

As the former FRU national development manager the past three years, Sewabu said he has been blessed to have contributed to the de­velopment of rugby here.

Sewabu is a graduate with a Diploma in Trav­el & Tourism, Bachelor in Sport and Exercise programme and holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration.

He is currently pursuing his Post-Grad Stud­ies in International Sports Management on­line at the University of London.

Highlights of his rugby career include:

  • coaching Naitasiri Rugby and won the Fare­brother Cup in 2018
  • coaching Fiji U20 to the Junior World Tro­phy in 2018 that won the championship, this gained Fiji’s promotion to the Junior World Championship.
  • developed the first Fiji Junior Rugby Devel­opment model that aligns to the World Rugby Long Term Player Development model. This includes an integrated coach development pathway for junior players. The inclusion of girls in junior and age-grade rugby and jun­ior rugby club set ups, currently in place for Fiji. This aligns well with the Fiji Primary Rugby Union and the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Unions
  • Delivery of Training & Education pro­gram to build FRU’s workforce and topped the rugby world in 2020.
  • Joined the World Rugby Law Review Group that looks at player welfare issues and how this translates into rugby law trials and modifications.
  • Putting systems and structures in place to assist game growth, building on what has been done previously from predecessors.
  • Developed the ‘Hood of Origin’ pro­gramme, supported by MFAT NZ and NZ Rugby that created community rugby set up for junior programmes. The programme co-funded by Quick Rip, targets Non-Communi­cable Diseases (NCD’s – the nation’s biggest killer. Healthy living modules are delivered in rugby training programmes to raise awareness on healthy living; it taught kids on calculating sugar contents in foods and drinks and healthy food choices.
  • Restructuring coaching courses (with ap­proval and assistance of WR Regional Train­ing Manager) to better address areas of need for local coaches.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 



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