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Baber to coach Flying Fijians

October 19, 2021 4:49 pm

Outgoing Fiji 7s head coach, Gareth Baber will coach Flying Fijians for the November Tour next month.

Due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, the Fiji Rugby Union has selected players and the coaching panel based in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive, John O’Connor says considering the safety of other potential players in the southern hemisphere, they have decided to only pick players who will be available in the Europe countries.

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O’Connor says situations as such is inconvenient for the union and also the players.

“Getting quarantine spots for the coaching panel who are mainly from NZ and due to the restrictions currently still in NZ, its also very difficult to ask them to travel to Europe”.

The team assembles on the 31st of this month they will then face Spain on the 7th of November in Madrid.

The Flying Fijians will travel to Wales and will face the Dragons on the 15th of November before wrapping up the Northern Hemisphere tour against Georgia five days later.

The venue and time is yet to be confirmed.

Other names included in the coaching panel are Duncan Hodge- Assistant Coach, Rory Best- Assistant Coach, Richie Gray- Assistant Coach, Dan Baugh- Lead S&C, Thomas McArdle- S&C, Matt Lee- Physio, Brian Downey- Physio, Osian Griffiths- Assistant Physio, Matt Johnston – Lead Analyst, Josh Vuto- Remote Analyst, Clive Monkley- Doctor, Chris Thomson- Manager, Alifereti Vakacokovanua- Assistant Manager.

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