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Fiji Rugby Union names coaching line-up
12:42 pm GMT+12, 08/01/2010, Fiji

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday announced its coaching line-up for its different teams for the new season.

The Air Pacific Warriors will be coached by the two person combination of Inoke Male and last year's winning coach, Ifereimi Tawake.

Male and Tawake will be assisted by Suva backline coach and former national team skipper - Sale Sorovaki.

Northland trainer Aisea Bici has been appointed the Warriors strength and conditioning coach.

Last year's Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) winning team manager Ratu Isei Rayawa has been reappointed to manage the Warriors in 2010.

The Fiji Warriors team management will be working closely with the Flying Fijians management throughout the PRC and into the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC).

Former Guam national coaching Director Peniasi Uluiviti has been appointed head coach of the Fiji Barbarians.

Uluiviti will be assisted by FRU development officer and former Fiji loose forward Alifereti Mocelutu.

Naitasiri trainer Tolotu Suluasi has been appointed strength and conditioning coach for the Barbarians. Suluasi is currently in the process of completing his sports science degree at the University of the South Pacific.

Winning Digicel Cup team manager Paula Biu of the Nadroga Rugby Union will manage the team.

Successful 2009 Fiji Under-19 coach Eroni Vereivalu, who took the team to last year's FORU U19 title in Samoa, has now been tasked with taking Fiji U20 to a better ranking at this year's Junior World Cup. Fiji is currently seeded 12th.

Former Fiji national prop Epeli Naituivau will assist as technical advisor and forwards coach.

Champion Nadroga team trainer Lasarusa Cawanibuka has been appointed strength and conditioning coach.

Last year's team manager, Taniela Domoni, retains his manager's position. The task of retaining the FORU Under 19 title has been given to school teacher and last year's Lomaiwai Secondary School head coach - Usaia Koroivunilagi - who has been appointed head coach.

Koroivunilagi has formerly been the coach of the national under 18 team.

Former National Hooker, Villame Gadolo, has been appointed assistant coach. Gadolo was head coach of Ratu Navula Secondary School last year taking the school to the 2009 Deans semi finals.

Gadolo has also assisted the Nadi Rugby Union during 2009.

Viliame Turagavou has been appointed the Fiji Under 19 strength and conditioning coach. Turagavou has been helping Suva in the past season and was the Fiji Under 19 trainer last year. Long time Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union executive Koroi Qionimacawa will manage the team. All team management appointments for 2010 have been appointed by the Fiji Rugby Union after much deliberation. All positions were advertised in October 2009 and the response of applicants was encouraging.

FRU board and management would like to acknowledge all applicants and thank each one of them for their interest


SOURCE: FIJI TIMES SPORT/PACNEWS


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