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Job on the line

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, December 09, 2013

THE future of Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male will be decided after the 2013 end-of-year tour to Europe review.

Fiji won two matches beating Portugal 36-13 and Romania 26-7 and lost to Italy 31-37 before going down to the Barbarians 19-43 in the centennial match.

Fiji Rugby Union board members are expected to meet soon to review the tour report before taking their next step.

Male was appointed the coach of the national fifteens side in January last year on an initial two-year contract which ends in January next year.

FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca told Fiji Village last month they were working on a submission to be handed to the Fiji National Sports Commission to get funding for an overseas 15s coach.

Waqabaca could not be reached for further comments yesterday.

FRU acting chief executive officer and board member Doctor Berlin Kafoa neither confirmed nor denied their interest in roping in an overseas coach to guide the Flying Fijians.

"I think the first step is to look at the report of the Northern tour both from our team that went and also from the perspective of the other unions that played us," Dr Kafoa told Times Sport.

"We will look at the report, review all the reports and decide on the way forward."

Dr Kafoa said they "were generally happy with the outcome" of the tour "though we could have done better".

Under Male's reign, the national side won the Pacific Nations Cup competition for the first time this year. Fiji also improved on its ranking to 11th on the International Rugby Board standings from the 16th spot when the former national rep took charge of the team.

Meanwhile, the Flying Fijians will face Wales and France next November.