Rugby

Gollings: Why I’m Here?

Newly appointed Fiji Airways Fijian men’s rugby sevens head coach Ben Gollings knows what is needed to move our game to the next level. During yesterday’s press conference at Rugby
14 Jan 2022 12:03
Gollings: Why I’m Here?
From left; Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor, Fiji Airways Fijian men’s 7s head coach Ben Gollings, FRU board chairman Commodore Humphery Tawake, interim Fijian men’s 7s coach and Fijian women’s 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli during the press conference at Rugby House, Suva, on January 13, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Newly appointed Fiji Airways Fijian men’s rugby sevens head coach Ben Gollings knows what is needed to move our game to the next level.

During yesterday’s press conference at Rugby House in Suva, the former England captain kept it simple by indicating that it’s all about being patient and hardwork.

“I’ve always had a close connection with Fiji, both playing and through close friends,” he said.

“For me, I’m excited and happy to be here.”

Gollings said this new journey is more of a marathon.

“It’s not a sprint,” he added.

“It’s about taking things one step at a time.

“Our main focus will be the next two tournaments in Spain. It was fantastic to meet the team for the first time (on Wednesday).

“It’s about getting to know the players and try to understand them as I’ve to work with them.”

 

Phone call

Gollings said when receiving the phone call from FRU about his appointment, he was excited.

“It was a proud moment in terms of being trusted for this role. I know it’s a big role,

“I know how important rugby sevens is to Fiji as a nation.

“In terms of the team, it’s exciting to be able to support them after running against them through the years.”

He said coaching had been part of his long term plan.

”Ever since I was playing I always knew that I would turn to coaching.

“Everybody has their different transition from player to coach.

“But for me I had wanted to coach a top side in the World Sevens Series.”

Golling said he worked on it for the past 10 years.

“I had been patient and gaining experience.

“This is because I’m very aware of the difference between coaching and playing.

“It’s about learning the art, signs and the understanding of coaching.

“One day I set a target to be sitting there. It wasn’t necessary to be Fiji but a top side.”

 

Training

Gollings said he had observed the players as they got into their training routine on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to interrupt because we are close to two big tournaments.

“For me it was about getting to see what they were doing.

“My main aim was to have small conversations with the players just to know them and start building on our relationships.

“It was my first time in front of the players. The session was really about opening the doors and setting the tone.

“It was all about relationship building,” he added.

 

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