Rugby 7s Plan For Kau­vesi

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Fiji Rugby Union has a dif­fer­ent plan for the 7s rugby man­ager’s po­si­tion. FRU chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor yes­ter­day con­firmed 7s man­ager Ropate Kau­vesi’s con­tract ex­pired on Au­gust 31. When asked if FRU would ad­ver­tise the post O’Con­nor said they have a dif­fer­ent plan. “We have a plan but we will need to dis­cuss with Kau­vesi first,” O’Con­nor said. Kau­vesi said he was grate­ful with his achieve­ment with the na­tional sev­ens team win­ning the World Sev­ens Se­ries twice and the his­toric win at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was also awarded the Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Fiji by Pres­i­dent Ma­jor –Gen­eral (ret’d ) Jioji Konousi Kon­rote last month in recog­ni­tion of their achieve­ment in Rio.

“It’s an emo­tional feel­ing to be recog­nised by your own govern­ment for the work you have done,” Kau­vesi said.

“Get­ting the best re­sults, ba­si­cally make your coun­try happy, I’m over­whelmed, it was an emo­tional feel­ing for us.” There were chal­lenges along the way for Kau­vesi but he treated it as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “I want to ded­i­cate my achieve­ment to my Mum Li­tia Kau­vesi who has been the cor­ner­stone of my life and also my fam­ily and for their sup­port.”

Out­go­ing 7s man­ager Ropate Kau­vesi dur­ing the rugby cel­e­bra­tion in Labasa last month.

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