Sevens

Gareth Baber is new Fiji 7s coach

The Fiji Rugby Union this morning announced Fiji’s 7s coaches at Rugby House in Suva today. The Fiji Men’s 7s Coach is Gareth Baber, while Iliesa Tanivula continues as coach of the Women’s team. According to FRU, Mr Baber has a wealth of experience as a 7s player, playing and Captaining the Wales National 7s Team […]

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October 28, 2016 10:17 am

The Fiji Rugby Union this morning announced Fiji’s 7s coaches at Rugby House in Suva today.

Gareth Baber
Gareth Baber

The Fiji Men’s 7s Coach is Gareth Baber, while Iliesa Tanivula continues as coach of the Women’s team.

According to FRU, Mr Baber has a wealth of experience as a 7s player, playing and Captaining the Wales National 7s Team in the WR Series, two Rugby 7s World Cup and two Commonwealth Games.

FRU: “Mr Baber also has an extensive Coaching career both for the 7s and 15s Codes having to be the Assistant Coach for the Wales National 7s Team from 2005 to 2006 and the Head Coach for the Wales National 7 Team from 2006 to 2008 before taking up different coaching capacities including Head Coach for the Cardiff Blues.”

Mr Baber is a World Rugby Level 4 Accredited Coach and has academic qualifications in Economics, Social Studies and International Transportation.  He is the Head Coach of Hong Kong 7s (Men’s and Women’s Team) and is required to give three months’ notice so will commence work with FRU towards the end of January 2017.

Mr Nacani Cawanibuka, the current strength and conditioning coach, will temporarily hold the coaching appointment through to the Oceania 7s and the first leg of the World Rugby 7s Series in Dubai and South Africa.

Mr Baber will take charge as national sevens coach before the second leg of the Wellington 7s from 28-29 January 2017.

FRU: “The Board is confident that Mr Baber possess the relevant qualifications, skills sets and experience required to ensure we maintain our leading role in the abbreviated code.”

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