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FNRL to appoint new head coach

The Fiji National Rugby League(FNRL) is looking to appoint a new head coach ahead of the 2017 World Cup. Speaking to the Radio NZ, FNRL CEO Timoci Naleba says he has already received a number of expressions of interests: “I would like to have the recruitment done [by the] beginning of March. There’s four more people […]

Staff Writers

January 12, 2016 3:45 pm

The Fiji National Rugby League(FNRL) is looking to appoint a new head coach ahead of the 2017 World Cup.

Fiji vs Ireland. Photo: www.google.com
Fiji vs Ireland. Photo: World Rugby.

Speaking to the Radio NZ, FNRL CEO Timoci Naleba says he has already received a number of expressions of interests:

“I would like to have the recruitment done [by the] beginning of March. There’s four more people who have expressed their interest – mostly NRL coaches.Not the ones who have been competing [as a head coach] at that level but they’re very credible people who have expressed their interest, and one or two locals who have not been with Rick Stone for the past World Cup but I’ve told them to apply formally.”

Mr Naleba says they want to ensure they appoint the best person for the job.

He understands Rick Stone may also be interested in remaining in charge but says he’s received nothing in writing and has yet to speak with him.

Stone, who was appointed as the Newcastle Knights NRL coach last year, had indicated last year he was unlikely to continue.  Stone had been coaching Fiji Bati since 2011 and helped the Bati reach the 2013 NRL world cup semifinal.

The Fiji Bati is on 7th place on the current world NRL rankings.

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