VICTORIOUS Nadi under-20 rugby coach Usaia Koroivunilagi has set his eyes on contesting for the national rugby U20 coach job.
The Tavuki native from Kadavu guided his team to win the U20 final against Tailevu 23-17 at Lawaqa Park on Saturday.
"I want to coach the national U20 team and I believe I have the necessary qualifications for it," said the former Fiji Military Forces sergeant major and now a teacher at Nadi's Shri Vivekanand High School in Nadi.
Koroivunilagi said he was now completing his last paper on Level 3 IRB coaching certificate.
"I have been involved in Western rugby for many years and also coached the Nadi senior team to win the then Sanyo cup from Nadroga."
Added to his belt is the U20 rugby title on the weekend.
Under his guidance, Nadi thumped Namosi a fortnight ago 43-0 in the first U20 semi-final at Lawaqa Park and repeated the feat on the same ground to claim the title on Saturday.
Tailevu was laced with the Fiji U20 players and they matched Nadi in the forwards.
During the breather, Nadi led 18-12 but the Southerners came back strongly in the second half as winger Elia Ratucove narrowed the deficit with an unconverted try for an 18-17 scoreline.
U20 skipper Emori Waqa, Paula Vaihola, Isoa Tulega and Kaitaliti Tuisavuna worked tirelessly for Tailevu as they took Nadi head on but all their efforts were wasted after a backline player decided to kick for territory instead of passing the ball to three players on the overlap for a sure try with five minutes to go.
Nadi led by skipper Jone Manu and assisted by Meli Rokoua and Lote Rasiga, never panicked. They simply regrouped and took the game back to Tailevu which saw replacement player Sairusi Draunimasi sealing the game for Nadi with the last try for a 23-17 win.
"Wrong options from my boys but I thank them for giving their best," said Tailevu U20 manager Noa Verebasaga.