Tani In For 7s, 15s

Fiji Sun - - Sports - STELLA MORE­SIO

Iliesa Tanivula ap­plied for the Tele­com Fi­jiana 7s and 15 head coach­ing roles which close at the Fiji Rugby Union to­day. Yes­ter­day, Tanivula was re­quested by the FRU to take charge of the 7s squad pre­par­ing for the Women Sev­ens Se­ries which starts in Dubai on De­cem­ber 1-2 and the 15s squad pre­par­ing for the test against Pa­pua New Guinea next month.

“Yes I ap­plied for the coach­ing po­si­tions for both 7s and 15s,” Tanivula said.

“If you see the job de­scrip­tion you need to ap­ply for both po­si­tions.

“I’ve been told in the last few weeks to get the programme run­ning and look af­ter both squads. “An FRU ad­ver­tise­ment on the job de­scrip­tion of the new coach in­cludes the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of de­liv­er­ing high per­for­mance lead­er­ship environment for both the 7s and 15s squad of the na­tional women’s side.” Tanivula as­sisted Tele­com Fi­jian coach English­man Chris Crack­nell at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Au­gust, af­ter ear­lier

coach­ing the team him­self.

Poor Turnout

Tanivula said de­spite the poor turnout yes­ter­day, both squads con­tin­ued their prepa­ra­tions. “We didn’t have the num­bers so I just let them run to­gether even though the rucks for the 7s is dif­fer­ent for the 15s,” he said. Tanivula added there was a con­cern about the num­ber of play­ers who should be turn­ing up and is urg­ing the play­ers to show up. “When we had the 15s tri­als there were six teams. We se­lected the play­ers but less than 10 are turn­ing up ev­ery­day which is very dis­ap­point­ing,” he said. Mean­while, mem­bers of the Olympic team who at­tended the train­ing were Rusila Na­gasau, Jioana Sauto, Ti­maima Rav­isa, Lave­nia Ti­nai and cap­tain Ana Maria. “The rest re­turned whereas the oth­ers have se­cured con­tracts in France like Litia Naiqato and Luisa Tisolo.” The 15s squad are pre­par­ing for the Ocea­nia Rugby Women’s Cham­pi­onship against PNG in Novem­ber. The cham­pi­onship will be hosted by the FRU in Suva at the ANZ Sta­dium and the win­ner will ad­vance to the fi­nal Rugby World Cup Asia/ Ocea­nia Qual­i­fier event in De­cem­ber in Hong Kong.

The 15s squad are pre­par­ing for the Ocea­nia Rugby Women’s Cham­pi­onship against PNG in Novem­ber.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

For­mer Tele­com Fi­jiana coach Iliesa Tanivula (right) with na­tional women’s squad mem­bers at Buck­hurst Park yes­ter­day.

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