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FRU appoints key coaching positions

December 15, 2018 12:54 pm
Ratu Alivereti Doviverata [left] has been confirmed as the Fijiana 15s head coach and Saiasi Fuli has been confirmed as the head coach of the Fijiana 7s team

Fiji Airways Drua assistant coach Saiasi Fuli has been confirmed as the head coach of the Fijiana 7s team who are currently mid-season in their 2019 Women’s Rugby 7s Series campaign.

Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive John O’Connor says Fuli will step into the role following a successful 2018 season as assistant coach with the Drua and the Fiji men’s 7s team.

Fuli is a former Flying Fijian and Fiji 7s representative and has coached at Provincial and Club Level.

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Meanwhile, Ratu Alivereti Doviverata has been confirmed as the Fijiana 15s head coach.

Doviverata is tasked to continue with program he started last year and continue the talent development programme in lead up to qualification for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Eroni Sotutu will assist Fuli in the Fijiana 7s programme where he will be the new coach for strength and conditioning.

Sotutu joins FRU from High Performance Sport New Zealand where he delivered programming for a multiple range of sports including Rugby 7s.

He also completed an internship with the Fiji men’s 7s in 2017.

Nacanieli Cawanibuka will focus on the on-island Strength and conditioning program and to assist and develop and upskill all local provincial, schools and clubs Strength and Condition Coaches.

The FRU has also confirmed the appointment of Ian Gibbons as the strength and conditioning head coach for the Fiji 7s team.

Gibbons has a wealth of experience having previously held roles across the UK being Strength and Conditioning Coach with Rugby (Saracens) and rugby league (Scorpions).

O’Connor highlighted that the appointments are vital as they target to do well in the women’s and men’s series with the view of qualify and retain their gold medal for the men’s 7s and a medal for the Fijiana 7s at the 2020 Olympic Games.

He adds they also target to qualify for the World Rugby Women’s World Cup in 2021.

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